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.