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Anti-Semitic Stance of UK’s Corbyn Sparks Jewish Papers to Galvanize

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Jeremy Corbyn has been in hot water recently from accusations of anti-Semitism, which just led to three Jewish papers coming out together with one message: “United we stand.”

The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Telegraph and Jewish News all published the same editorial criticizing the British politician, who the papers believe would pose a threat to Judaism in Britain.

The embattled Corbyn is also currently dealing with longtime Labour Party MP Margaret Hodge, who accused Corbyn of being “racist” and “an anti-Semite.” Her feelings have led to a legal battle with the party leadership, Sky News reports.

The editorial published in the papers said “Today, Britain’s three leading Jewish newspapers–Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and Jewish Telegraph–take the unprecedented step of speaking as one by publishing the same front page.”

It continued by saying “we do so because of the existential threat to Jewish life in this country that would be posed by a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.”

The papers explained the ways in which Corbyn could threaten Jewish life.

“We do so because the party that was, until recently, the natural home for our community has seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel.”

Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, told Sky News that the front pages were unique because the three papers are such rivals. The perceived Labour Party “anti-Semitism crisis” became serious enough to drive the papers to put competition aside and come together to form one, strong voice.

Labour fired back in a statement, saying that the party “poses no threat of any kind whatsoever to Jewish people” and is “fully committed to the support, defense and celebration of the Jewish community and its organizations.”

Despite the pushbacks, the party does acknowledge that it has “a huge amount of work to do” to build trust with the Jewish community.

The editorial in the papers made it very clear that the damage has been done and that regaining trust would take a lot of work, saying “the stain and shame of anti-Semitism has coursed through Her Majesty’s Opposition since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015.”

“From Chakrabarti to Livingstone, there have been many alarming lows. Last week’s stubborn refusal to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, provoking Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge to call her leader an anti-Semite to his face, was the most sinister yet.” The papers also hit on a recent development when the party deferred a decision to accept international anti-Semitism definitions, saying that “Labour has diluted the IHRA definition, accepted in full by the government and more than 130 local councils, deleting and amending four key examples of anti-Semitism relating to Israel.”

It explains how “under its adapted guidelines, a Labour Party member is free to claim Israel’s existence is a racist endeavor and compare Israeli policies to those of Nazi Germany, unless ‘intent’–whatever that means–can be proved. ‘Dirty Jew’ is wrong, ‘Zionist bitch’ fair game?”

The paper reaches a strong conclusion in which is says that “in so doing, Labour makes a distinction between racial anti-Semitism targeting Jews (unacceptable) and political anti-Semitism targeting Israel (acceptable).

By: Nina Boudica

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