Corbyn and Jewish leaders agree to tackle Labour antisemitism

Source: The Guardian

Political correspondent

Two main Jewish organisations accept Labour leader’s offer of ‘without preconditions’ meeting.

Jewish Voice for Labour demonstration
 The Jewish Voice for Labour stages a demonstration in Parliament Square opposing the Board of Deputies’ attack on Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Rex/Shutterstock

Jeremy Corbyn and Britain’s two largest Jewish organisations have agreed to address antisemitism in the Labour party, which Corbyn said would happened “without preconditions”.

In a letter to the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), the Labour leader said he accepted “my responsibility to give a strong and continuing personal lead”.

Writing to the JLC chair, Jonathan Goldstein, and BoD president, Jonathan Arkush, Corbyn said he accepted the organisations’ agenda for a meeting. “I place no limitations on the points you would wish to raise and am happy for the agenda to cover the issues you’ve already outlined,” he wrote.

“I appreciate and understand the anger you express and reiterate my determination to fight antisemitism within the Labour party and society at large … I recommit to doing all I can to address the anguish and distress caused to many people in the Jewish community.

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