Britain's chief rabbi blasts Labour Party for anti-Semitic ‘poison’

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Corbyn has proposed sweeping overhauls of the economy, but his party also has been hit by claims of anti-Semitism because of strong statements on Palestinian rights and other comments.

The Chief Rabbi has criticised Jeremy Corbyn, saying the "soul of the nation is at stake" in the upcoming General Election.

The launch has been overshadowed by Britain's Chief Rabbi's criticism of Mr Corbyn's leadership, who said his handling of antisemitism was "incompatible" with British values.

He said the response of the party's leadership as their supporters drove politicians, members and staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism had been "utterly inadequate", and claimed the party was doing everything it could and had investigated every case were "mendacious fiction".

Initially, in the post-World War II year, Jews voted heavily for Labour; then swung behind the Conservatives during Margaret Thatcher's leadership in the 1980s; then back to Labour under Tony Blair; and now running away from Corbyn's party. Our trudge and faith manifesto units out our policies to assemble this'.

Instead it was left to the Labour peer Lord Dubs - who came to Britain in the 1930s as a child refugee fleeing the Nazis - to say he believed the attack had been "unjustified and unfair".

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"There is no place whatsoever for anti-Semitism in any shape or form or in any place whatsoever in modern Britain, and under a Labour government it will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever", he said.

Writing in The Times, Mr Mirvis said "a new poison - sanctioned from the top" had taken root in the Labour Party.

However Mr Mirvis received high-profile backing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who said his intervention reflected the alarm felt by many in the Jewish community.

Addressing the Labour leader's own behaviour, he said: "How complicit in prejudice would a leader of Her Majesty's Opposition have to be to be considered unfit for office?"

In 2018, he said Corbyn had shown "contempt" for British Jews by not adopting a new definition of antisemitism, and in January of this year, he told BBC Radio 5 Live he was "still waiting to see" Labour taking antisemitism "seriously enough".

In an article for the Times, he asked people to "vote with their conscience" in the election.

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And Michael McGowan, a former Labour MEP for Leeds, said the Chief Rabbi's words were "unhelpful to the Jewish community in the United Kingdom and to Israel as a country, and they are damaging to community relations".

"It's unprecedented for a major political party - a potential party of government - to be perpetuating anti-Semitism".

Johnson said it was a "serious business" when the chief rabbi criticized the opposition leader.

Such an intervention from a religious leader is unusual.

"A Labour government will guarantee the security of the Jewish community, defend and support the Jewish way of life, and combat rising antisemitism in our country and across Europe".

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