Jeremy Corbyn’s views ‘could drive Jewish people from UK’

Source: The Guardian

British Jews are asking ‘Do we have a future?’ says outgoing president of board of deputies

Jonathan Arkush speaks to reporters after the meeting with Jeremy Corbyn in April.
Jonathan Arkush speaks to reporters after the meeting with Jeremy Corbyn in April. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Jeremy Corbyn holds “antisemitic views” which could drive Jewish people to leave Britain if he becomes prime minister, one of the UK’s most senior Jewish leaders has said.

Jonathan Arkush, the outgoing president of the board of deputies, said Corbyn “has views which are antisemitic, and he has problematic views”.

He also criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who should have had a “stronger, clearer voice” in support of the Jewish community, he said.

Arkush, who was among senior Jewish leaders who met Corbyn in April to discuss concerns about antisemitism, told the Daily Telegraph that British Jews were asking: “Do we have a future here?”

“Delegitimising the state of Israel is antisemitic,” Arkush told the newspaper. “He was a chairman of Stop the War, which is responsible for some of the worst anti-Israel discourse.

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3 replies

  1. Any criticism of the political state of Israel (and its actions) should not be considered anti-Semitic, which I understand to be against the Jews as a religion and as people (not politicians).

  2. Personally I reserve my right to criticize Israel as a State and its political actions, but I have absolutely nothing against Jews and their religion.

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