Time to explain, Mr Corbyn

September 17, 2015 10:32

When the JC posed a series of questions to Jeremy Corbyn about some of his unsavoury allies, they were met with varying degrees of obfuscation. A month on, he is now Labour leader. And we are no nearer to having even remotely satisfactory answers.

It is obvious that Mr Corbyn has no intention of ever dealing with them, despite the urgings of some in his party and even in his camp. And since we raised the issues, much more evidence has emerged of his predilection for associating with various racists and theocratic fascists. But Labour members chose to make him their leader, as was their right.

So the Jewish community has somehow to work out how to deal with a leader of the Opposition who refers to terrorists committed to the murder of Jews as “friends”. It will not be easy. Some are urging that we pretend to forget what we know about him and ignore the doubts we feel in order to ensure cordial relations; needs must. But that is a dangerous road down which to travel. The Jewish community is not a supplicant asking to be heard. We are British citizens and the onus is on Mr Corbyn to explain, justify and, if possible, reassure us – not vice versa.

If he still chooses not to care about the concerns of the Jewish community, so be it. We will know where we stand.

September 17, 2015 10:32

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