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Is Jeremy Corbyn a 'threat' to British Jews?

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07.12.2019

Since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as its leader in 2015, Britain's Labour Party has been the target of a sustained campaign to portray it as rife with anti-Semitism. Alongside unfounded accusations that Corbyn himself and his closest allies are "anti-Semites", it has widely been claimed that under the direction of someone who has spent a lifetime fighting racism, the party has become "institutionally anti-Semitic". Furthermore, it has even been claimed that a Corbyn government would pose an "existential threat" to Jewish life in this country.

Racism and anti-Semitism, unfortunately, still exist in modern Britain. Therefore, it is impossible to claim that any mainstream national political organisation in the United Kingdom, be it Labour, the Conservative Party or the Liberal Democrats, is 100 percent free of members who hold racist or anti-Semitic views. Corbyn acknowledged this, accepting that even "one [incident of anti-Semitism in the party] is one too many" and explained that to him "driving anti-Semitism out of the party for good is a priority". However, this never was about anti-Semitism which is why nothing he said or did proved enough to convince his detractors.

He is promising to take the privatised utilities and the rail companies back into public ownership and tax multinational companies like Google and Amazon which currently pay virtually no tax in the UK. Moreover, he is promising to stop arms sales to Israel and Saudi Arabia and to educate Britain's youth about their country's colonial history.

Rather than challenging the Labour leader's policies on fighting poverty and ending Britain's continuing support for oppressive regimes across the globe, his rivals and critics are focusing their energy on doubling down on their accusations of anti-Semitism.

So is the Labour leader, who has an impressive track record of supporting Britain's Jewish community and standing against anti-Semitism, really an anti-Semite who purposefully filled........

© Al Jazeera