Controversial new British Labor Party chairman Jeremy Corbyn will address next Tuesday’s Labor Friends of Israel dinner, his office confirmed Thursday.
Corbyn angered the Jewish community by calling Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists friends and by publicly endorsing a blanket arms embargo on Israel and the boycott of Israeli universities involved in weapons research. He has come under increasing pressure to make amends with the Jewish community since he won the Labor leadership race September 12.
The dinner will be Corbyn’s first lecture to a Jewish audience since the election. Some 400 people, including some 30 members of parliament, are expected at the event, which traditionally has been addressed by Labor’s leader.