The Jewish Chronicle has published a scathing front-page spread on British political leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who is hoping to become the country’s next Prime Minister.
Corbyn, leader of the left-leaning “Labour Party,” is pitted against the current conservative leader, Boris Johnson, in a hastily-called General Election slated for December 12.
Jeremy Corbyn’s policy positions worry many, not least because he is an avowed socialist who has backed many of Britain’s foreign enemies. But there is another aspect of Corbyn’s political history that is even more troubling — and that is his befriending of unabashed antisemites.
In a bid to warn voters away from casting their ballots in support of Labour and Corbyn’s antisemitic tendencies, the Jewish Chronicle has published a detailed account of the accusations leveled against the left-wing leader.
“The vast majority of British Jews consider Jeremy Corbyn to be an antisemite,” the Chronicle opened its piece. “In the most recent poll, last month, the figure was 87 per cent.”
The piece goes on to highlight Corbyn’s long-standing ties with “antisemites such as Paul Eisen, Stephen Sizer and Raed Salah,” and his support of Hamas, who he has called “friends.”
“He has laid a wreath to honour terrorists who have murdered Jews,” the Chronicle noted. The article also cited a shocking poll which indicates that some 47% of British Jews would consider emigrating abroad if Corbyn is elected Prime Minister.
It also highlighted Corbyn’s reluctance in rooting out antisemitism from the broader Labour party.
“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,” the editors wrote. “Is it any wonder Jews worry about the prospect of Mr. Corbyn as prime minister?”
Last month, one of the longest-serving Jewish MPs quit politics because of Corbyn’s “extremely distressing” stance on antisemitism in the Labour party and his refusal to take concrete action against racist attitudes.
Labour member Dame Louise Ellman said that Corbyn “has really struggled to accept that there’s any such thing as antisemitism within the Labour party,” according to the Guardian.
“I find it very traumatic,” she added to BBC Radio 4’s “Today” Show. “And I think it does mean that the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn is simply not fit.”
Today, a former Labour Shadow Minister even suggested that voters should back Boris Johnson — the party’s chief rival — because Corbyn is “completely unfit to lead our country.”
Ian Austin said that “it has really come to something, that I would tell decent, traditional, patriotic Labour voters that they should be voting for Boris Johnson at this election.”
“I can’t believe it has come to this,” he added. “But there we are.”
As a result of Corbyn’s inaction on the issue, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has opened up a statutory investigation into the Labour party in order to determine whether or not it is institutionally antisemitic.