Corbyn told to 'root out' anti-Semitism amid growing fury

Thursday, 29 Mar, 2018

More than 20 Labour MPs joined a demonstration to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of failing to take decisive action to combat anti-Semitism in the party's ranks.

"We conclude that he can not seriously contemplate anti-Semitism, because he is so ideologically fixed within a far-left worldview that is instinctively hostile to mainstream Jewish communities", they said.

Jewish groups have long complained that some left-wing critics of Israel are anti-Semitic, and the Labour leader acknowledged that anti-Israeli rhetoric could be anti-Semitic.

It is unsurprising that the Tory press and pro-Israel Jewish organisations should seize gleefully on Jeremy Corbyn's past defence of an antisemitic painting (Report, 26 March).

Bear in mind that there has been very real antisemitic comments made by UK Labour politicians and members, and Corbyn tolerated the most heinous antisemitic Facebook postings, and even came out in support of this mural, for which has he now apologized.

Others within the party came to Corbyn's defence, with Shadow Minister for International Development Dan Carden tweeting, "Jeremy Corbyn has committed his entire life to fighting all forms of racism and fascism - & under his leadership there is no place for anti-semitism in the Labour Party".

The Board of Deputies of British Jews stages a demo at 5.30pm this-evening, while the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism holds a mass protest in central London on April 8.

Leaders in the British Jewish community announced the rally on social media in a strongly worded statement on Sunday declaring "Enough is Enough", and despite only 24 hours notice, Parliament Square was teeming with demonstrators.

"Corbyn did not invent this form of politics, but he has had a lifetime within it, and now personifies its problems and dangers".

Ms Pollock also detailed Mr Corbyn's failure to deal with anti-Jewish hatred within Labour at a much earlier stage.

A small number of Corbyn loyalists staged a counter-protest, labelling the accusations a "smear". The page is awash with anti-Semitic comments, references to "Zionist scum" and conspiracy theories linking Israel and the Islamic State terror group.

"He is repeatedly found alongside people with blatantly anti-Semitic views, but claims never to hear or read them", read the letter.

Moreover, Corbyn and other party members have been criticized for anti-Semitic behavior before, Bloomberg notes.

Do not forget that plenty of British Jews want a Labour party to call home.

But, Mr Goldstein insisted neither he nor the Board of Deputies of British Jews had received an invitation or have a meeting scheduled with the Labour leader.

Corbyn has headed the Labour Party since 2015. "I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused, and pledge to redouble my efforts to bring this anxiety to an end", he ended.

Labour MP Ian Austin said he was "ashamed" that "it has come to this" and one-time Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall said it was "a truly bad day" when the Jewish community felt the need to write "such a letter". Former London May Ken Livingstone, suspended from the party in 2016 for claiming that Adolf Hitler once support Zionism "before he went mad", is set to return to the party.