Jewish Chronicle: ‘The vast majority of British Jews consider Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite’
The leading British Jewish newspaper has pleaded with UK voters not to vote for Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of racism. British Jews “worry about the prospect of Mr Corbyn as prime Minister,” London-based Jewish Chronicle wrote in a blistering front-page editorial on Friday.
British voters are heading to the polls on December 12, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an early election to put an end to the Brexit stalemate.
The editorial cited Corbyn’s long history of aligning himself with Jew haters and Palestinian terrorists, the newspaper asked: “Is it any wonder Jews worry about the prospect of Mr Corbyn as prime minister?”
It highlighted Corbyn links to Hamas and Hezbollah, the Islamic terrorist groups which the Labour leader has referred to as his “friends.” “How can the racist views of a party leader – and the deep fear he inspires among an ethnic minority – not be among the most fundamental of issues?” the newspaper asked.
“The vast majority of British Jews consider Jeremy Corbyn to be an antisemite, In the most recent poll, last month, the figure was 87 per cent,” the editorial said. Since Corbyn took over the Labour leadership four years ago, the party has been hit by “a vile wave of anti-Semitism among activists,” the Daily Mail confirmed. According to a recent poll, 47 percent of British Jews are “seriously considering” leaving the country if Labour wins the next month’s general election.
London-based Jewish Chronicle published the editorial in its Friday edition:
History has forced our community to be able to spot extremism as it emerges — and Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader in 2015 is one such example.
Throughout his career, he has allied with and supported antisemites such as Paul Eisen, Stephen Sizer and Raed Salah. He has described organisations like Hamas, whose founding charter commits it to the extermination of every Jew on the planet, as his “friends”. He has laid a wreath to honour terrorists who have murdered Jews. He has insulted “Zionists” — the word used by antisemites when they mean “Jew” because they think it allows them to get away with it — as lacking understanding of “English irony”.
There were some who hoped that he might change as leader. The opposite has happened. The near total inaction of Mr Corbyn and the rest of the Labour leadership in dealing with antisemites in the party has both emboldened them and encouraged others.
Indeed, Mr Corbyn and his allies have actively impeded action against the racists.
Instead of listening to and learning from mainstream Jewish bodies such as the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council, Mr Corbyn has treated them and their recommendations with contempt — and given support to fringe organisations set up solely to deny the existence of Labour antisemitism.
Corbyn has a long history of associating himself with various Palestinian terrorist groups. Last year, British newspaper published photos showing him laying wreath at the graves of Arab terrorists behind the killing of eleven Israel athletes at the 1972 Olympics.
Earlier this year, the Islamic terrorist group Hamas “saluted” Corbyn for supporting their cause. Hamas, which wages a war of terror against Israeli civilians, expressed “great respect and appreciation” for the Labour leader’s support for the Nakba Day rally in Central London. The annual march is organized by Islamist and Far-Left groups to mark the creation of the Jewish State of Israel as Nakba or the “Day of the Catastrophe.”
“We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to the participants in the mass rally,” the Gaza-based Islamic terror outfit said in a statement. “We also salute Mr Jeremy Corbyn for his principled position in rejecting the so-called Trump plan for the Middle East.”
Many in the mainstream media are thrilled at the prospect of having a socialist at Downing Street. CNN called him a leader who has “an unashamedly socialist plan to transform Britain.” Ahead of the election, the New York Times remarked that “the socialism of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is beginning to look like a relatively reasonable option.” The Washington Post noted that for “leftists in the United States, Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign had been an unexpected thrill ride.”
With five weeks to go until the general election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservatives hold a seven point lead over Corbyn’s Labour, enough to give them a majority of 50 in the 650-seat Lower House. The Tory lead, however, has been narrowing over the recent weeks as pro-EU Liberal Democrats and the Green party float a ‘Remain Alliance,’ targeting dozens of seats.
Johnson’s stubborn refusal to strike any sort of deal with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party may split the pro-Brexit vote and cost some winnable seats. A Conservative defeat will likely mean a reversal of Brexit and the country’s reintegration into the European Union on bitter surrender terms dictated by Brussels.
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