Jewish Leaders enter the war against Corbyn

Jewish leaders won’t meet Corbyn yet, decry abuse of MPs who joined their rally

Community heads demand Labour chief personally lead battle against anti-Semitism in his party, fume that Labour MPs who support them are now being threatened: ‘This is a disgrace’

29 March 2018

British Jewish leaders have told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that they will only agree to his request for a meeting if he fulfills a number of conditions on tackling anti-Semitism within his party.

The Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council said the meeting, which Corbyn proposed after they organized a rally this week against anti-Semitism within Labour, would only happen if the opposition leader took a number of public steps first.

“For whatever reasons, you have not, until now, seemed to grasp how strongly British Jews feel about the situation,” the two groups said in a letter sent Wednesday to Corbyn referencing his response to Monday’s rally, in which he pledged to be “a militant opponent of anti-Semitism” and said he would meet with Jewish leaders in the coming days.