Jewish groups to meet Corbyn

Jewish groups to meet Corbyn

Jewish groups to meet Corbyn

On Wednesday it was announced that the two largest Jewish bodies had agreed to meet Corbyn to discuss his efforts to tackle antisemitism, which Corbyn said would be held according to an agenda proposed by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and the Jewish Leadership Council.

They said recent events had not been "reassuring" and urged him to drive change.

The letter came after the latest controversy over Mr Corbyn's attendance at a Passover celebration hosted on Monday by the left-wing Jewdas organisation, which has accused the Board and JLC of "cynical manipulation" of the anti-Semitism row.

Tom Stokes: I think it is, and it's sustained, there has never been a month since Corbyn assumed the leadership of the Labour Party when he hasn't been under attack.

Joshua Garfield, who is the Labour candidate for Stratford and New Town in the upcoming local elections, will no longer serve as youth officer the branch of the grassroots hard-left pressure group.

His comments come after the Labour leader made a decision to attend a Seder by a group that once called for Israel's destruction.

"No it isn't", he said.

This year Mr Corbyn attended Mr Rosenberg's 60th birthday party. "Finally ridding the party of Ken Livingstone will form part of that".

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He has told new general secretary Jennie Formby to make dealing with the issue a top priority, asking her to appoint an in-house lawyer to ensure that procedures are "absolutely strong and watertight" throughout the party.

Barnet has the largest Jewish population of any local authority area in the United Kingdom, and we know from experience the level of concern Jewish residents have about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Momentum's main governing body released a statement this week saying it had acknowledged that anti-semitism within Labour was not a right-wing smear and was more widespread than many had previously believed.

The Corbyn-backing movement's National Co-ordinating Group said: "Accusations of anti-Semitism should not and can not be dismissed simply as right-wing smears nor as the result of conspiracies".

In an op-ed in The Guardian, Jewdas said that it has "attempted to build a community based around activist, socialist and diasporist Judaism in the UK" adding, "While most of us are also active in our local synagogues and other Jewish cultural organisations, only together have we felt able to build the kind of freethinking, traditionally radical Judaism that is needed in the 21st century".

"We're determined to deal with the issue of anti-Semitism in our society and in any political party including our own".

In a message posted last Thursday, he said Mr Corbyn's critics had "opportunistically gone on a 'Get Corbyn" hunt this week'.

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