Corbyn tells Labour anti-Semites `you have no place in our movement´


Members of the Jewish community hold a protest against Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism in the Labour party, outside the British Houses of Parliament in central London on March 26, 2018.

Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out about the anti-Semitism accusations now dogging the Labour party, strongly rejecting the idea that it poses an "existential threat" to Jewish communities in Britain. "And I accept that, if any part of our national community feels threatened, anxious or vulnerable, not only must that be taken at face value but we must all ensure those fears are put to rest".

The Op-Ed is an attempt to draw a line under a row that's dominated United Kingdom headlines for the past week.

According to reports, Corbyn could be about to perform a massive U-turn and adopt the full 38-word IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, and all the examples included in the official guidelines, including one about making "contentious" remarks about Israel.

In the Guardian article, Mr Corbyn said he did "not accept" that a Labour government would represent any kind of threat, "let alone an "existential threat" to Jewish life in Britain.

Corbyn's comments come after a fresh barrage of anti-Semitism claims engulfed the Labour party this week.

The Labour leader acknowledged that there had been mistakes in the way the party had handled complaints and drawn up a code of conduct that failed to reproduce an internationally accepted definition of ant-Semitism.

"The community should have been consulted more extensively at an earlier stage - which is why our executive decided last month to reopen the development of the code in consultation with Jewish community organisations and others to address their concerns", he promised.

He insisted the differences were "very small" and amount to "half of one example out of 11" in relation to criticism of Israel.

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The article in Saturday's Guardian also means many Jews will not see the article as some Orthodox Jews do not use electricity from Sunset on Friday until Saturday night.

Solicitors from Mischon de Reya, which is acting for Dame Margaret, have told the Labour Party either to proceed with the investigation or to drop it, and if not, they have warned that she may take the Labour Party to court.

He ended by calling on British Jews to join with Labour in confronting the rise of the far-right in the country which was "threatening black, Muslim and Jewish communities alike".

Gideon Falter, head of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, described Corbyn's article as "vague and meaningless" saying that they remained convinced Corbyn is an anti-Semite.

"And I appreciate that this can not happen while antisemitic attitudes still surface within Labour, and while trust between our party and the community is at such a low ebb".

His article was dismissed by the Jewish Labour Movement, who called for real action.

A spokesman said: "There is no trust left".

Meanwhile, Mr McDonnell used a Sunday Express interview to say Labour must lead the fight against far-right extremism.

We are still trying to work out what (Mr Corbyn's office) is asking from us, whether it is a discussion, a statement or a speech.