In a letter sent by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis last night to The Times Newspaper, he stated that Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has failed to tackle the issue of anti-Semitism in his party.
“The way in which the leadership of the Labour Party has dealt with anti-jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud”Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Chief Rabbi expressed how the Labour Party’s way of dealing with anti-Semitism has been a “mendacious fiction” and also said how “British Jews are gripped with anxiety by the prospect of a Corbyn government.
Birmingham Eastside reported about how a small group of students stage a peaceful protest outside the launch of the Labour Party manifesto, taking place at Birmingham City University last Thursday.
Rabbi Mirvis also received a high profile backing from the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who said that the community leader’s letter had “reflected the alarm felt by many in the Jewish community”.
Although at this time Jeremy Corbyn is yet to make a statement about the letter sent, several senior Labour MP’s have said how the party is actively driving out anti-semitism from the party.
Andy McDonald the shadow transport secretary has come forward at this time and rejected the comments made about Jeremy Corbyn, but has identified there are issues that need to be dealt with.
“It is a serious intervention. It is a reminder of the hurt that has been caused to the Jewish community by the instances of anti-Semitism within the party and broader than that”Andy McDonald, speaking to Sky News this morning
With the General Election quickly approaching on the 12th of December, it will be interesting to see how this will affect the outcome or if Jeremy Corbyn will make a statement in the coming days.