Labour antisemitism row: Jeremy Corbyn SLATED after botched meeting with Jewish leaders

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Posted on Apr 25 2018 - 6:38am by admin

In a joint statement, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) said the Labour leader had failed to sign up to any of the concrete actions which they asked for following last month’s protest against anti-Semitism outside Parliament.

They said their meeting with Jeremy Corbyn this evening was a “disappointing missed opportunity” and called for more action.

A statement, issued by the JLC shortly after the meeting, said: “Our meeting with Jeremy Corbyn today was a disappointing missed opportunity regarding the problem of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

“We welcomed Mr Corbyn’s personal involvement in the discussion and his new comments recognising and apologising for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but he failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for in our letter to him of March 28.”

The statement said the proposals they had put forward last month represented the “minimum level of action” the Jewish community had expected from the Labour leadership following “two years of inactivity”.

They included a fixed timetable to deal with outstanding cases of anti-Semitism in the party – while expediting long-standing cases such as that of former London mayor Ken Livingstone – and “transparent oversight” of Labour’s disciplinary process.

“Our sole objective from this meeting was to build trust with Mr Corbyn, but this will not be possible until and unless he and the party turn their many strong words against anti-Semitism into equally strong actions in order to bring about a deep cultural change in his supporters’ attitude to Jews,” the statement said.

Mr Corbyn said the meeting had been “positive and constructive”.

He said: “I am grateful to the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust for a positive and constructive meeting about tackling antisemitism.

“I am absolutely committed to rooting out antisemitism from our party and our society.

“When members of Jewish communities express genuine anxieties, we must recognise them as we would those of any other community. Their concerns are not ‘smears’. Jews belong in the Labour Party and we are utterly committed to making it a safe and welcoming place for them.

“I have charged our new General Secretary Jennie Formby with improving our disciplinary procedures as her top priority to ensure all complaints are dealt with swiftly and fairly. We are grateful for the input from Jewish community groups, who we will continue to listen to carefully.

“We will lay out the further steps we are taking in the coming weeks. We will continue to engage and work with Jewish community organisations to deal with this issue. Our party will not fail our Jewish brothers and sisters.”

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