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Jewish leaders accept offer to meet Jeremy Corbyn over Labour antisemitism

In a joint letter the JLC and the BOD have agreed to meet Mr Corbyn to discuss the issue of antisemitism within the Labour party

    The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council have written to Jeremy Corbyn to accept his offer of a meeting over antisemitism in the Labour Party.

    Mr Corbyn had responded to the groups last night, saying he was prepared to meet them and would not object to their proposed agenda or the issues they wish to raise.

    Jonathan Arkush, Board president, and Jonathan Goldstein, JLC chair, today told Mr Corbyn that the Jewish community had been following events of the past few weeks “closely” and “some of what they have seen has not been reassuring”.

    The pair agreed that Jennie Formby, the new Labour general secretary, should attend the meeting and again urged Mr Corbyn to use his “personal authority” to “drive the changes required”.

    They said the Jewish community wanted to see “significant, timely and measurable progress” on the efforts to tackle Jew-hatred.

    “Ultimately the most important thing going forward will be action and not words,” the pair concluded.

    It is thought both sides will now work to set a date for the meeting.

    In a letter to the groups last night, Mr Corbyn had said his door was open to “all Jewish organisations,” adding that he "would welcome an early meeting with your organisations to discuss the issues that you have raised.

    “I am a strong believer that engaging in meaningful dialogue is crucial to finding effective solutions and resolving disputes and I am clear that such a meeting would be just the start of a fruitful ongoing exchange on eradicating antisemitic behaviour and discourse within the Labour Party." 

     
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