Fiyaz Mughal OBE, the Muslim founder of the interfaith organisation, Faith Matters, claims the Labour leader has ignored multiple invitations to meet. Mr Mughal has accused Mr Corbyn for not meeting with him because of his organisation’s close alliance to Jewish charity, Community Security Trust (CST), The Sunday Telegraph has reported. He told the paper: “Honestly, the reason why he doesn’t meet us is because of the alliance I think with the CST, seriously.
“There’s nothing else I can think about. He can’t have a go at me, because I used to be a Lib Dem, I’m not even a Tory.
“If he’d like to understand the reality of anti-Muslim hatred and engage with an organisation which works very closely with Jewish communities as a form of solidarity and alliance as well then I don’t see why he shouldn’t meet with us.
“But yet what’s concerning for me is we haven’t had a single response from his office.”
The accusation follows the Labour party facing allegations of anti-Semitism after the exit of Chris Williamson MP who said the party has been “too apologetic” over anti-Semitism.
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Mr Mughal, who describes Mr Corbyn as “utter poison”, noted that he has tried to set up meetings with the leader for the past two-and-a-half years.
He told the Sunday Telegraph: “I think Corbyn’s confused about what anti-Semitism even is.
“I think he’s so confused and I think that he also now feels aggrieved by the responses form Jewish communities and so he’s backed himself into a corner and has put the mufflers on his ears. He’s not listening.
“I mean he is just poison. Sorry, utter poison.”
The Independent Group who broke away from the party last month cited anti-Semitism as their main reason for leaving.
Luciana Berger is one of the MP’s who left after she received intense anti-Semitic abuse; she had a police escort during the party’s conference in Liverpool last year.
Mr Mughal has insisted he is still open to having a meeting with Mr Corbyn but will adamantly question “why it took so long”.
A Labour Party Spokesperson, told the paper: “We are not aware of any specific requests to meet Fiyaz Mughal.
“Jeremy Corbyn and his staff meet with representatives of all faith communities, including the Muslim and Jewish communities.”