'Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to deal with anti-Semitism is final straw', says Jewish Chronicle

'Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to deal with anti-Semitism is final straw', says Jewish Chronicle

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of 'siding with anti-Semites'

Monday, March 26, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to deal with anti-Semitism is the "final straw", The Jewish Chronicle's editor has said.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council have written an open letter which accuses Corbyn of "siding with anti-Semites". It comes after the Labour leader was accused of showing support, six years ago, for the creator of a mural which was anti-Semitic.

Corbyn has said he is "sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused" by "pockets of anti-Semitism" in the party.

Stephen Pollard told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The point, though, is that this is the final straw in a way, in that consistently over two-and-a-half years Jeremy Corbyn has simply refused to deal with this issue."

He claims the Labour leader has "consistently refused from the very first moment" to speak to us, even though we've been trying since "he first fought in 2015" for leadership.

Pollard said that during the 2015 Labour leadership campaign "we put a leader on our front page which posed seven questions to him about some of his previous, let’s call them unsavoury, associations with anti-Semites," but "we've still not had a serious response from him to even those".

Julia asked whether Pollard was claiming Corbyn himself is anti-Semitic, but the editor responded, "I’ve never once said that Jeremy [is anti-Semitic]. I don’t know what goes on inside another man’s soul.

"All I can do is judge people by their actions and Jeremy Corbyn’s actions consistently over the last two-and-a-half years have been to sit back and do nothing."

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