Jeremy Corbyn 'rejects' JLM claims that Labour is 'welcoming refuge' for antisemites

According to a leaked copy of its dossier into the party's handling of antisemitism, the Jewish Labour Movement said Labour was not a 'safe space' for Jews


Jeremy Corbyn has said he “rejects” claims by the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) that Labour has become a “welcoming refuge” for antisemites.

On Thursday JLM submitted sworn statements by 70 serving and former Labour officials to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, as part of its dossier into the party’s handling of antisemitism cases.

In JLM's submission, which was leaked online on Thursday, said Labour was no longer a “safe space” for Jews and those who stood against antisemitism.

It said: “Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party, he has made the party a welcoming refuge for antisemites.

“He has done that in a number of ways, including by publicly supporting anti-Semites and antisemitic tropes. The Labour Party is cast in his image.”

Mr Corbyn told the BBC he “completely rejects” the allegations, arguing that he has put into place measures to process complaints of antisemitism against members.

He said: “When I became leader of the party there were no processes in place to deal with antisemitism.

"We introduced an education process, so that party members understood the hurt that can be caused by (it)... I think we've got processes in place that have improved it a great deal."

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