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Jewish community responds to Jeremy Corbyn’s ill-conceived Guardian article

Post Sabbath, Jewish organisations can now respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s ill-timed and ill-conceived Guardian article on Labour’s antisemitism problem. Once again Mr Corbyn, of all people, has chosen to lecture Jews on antisemitism. His Guardian piece repeats much of his previous Evening Standard article, published the day we met him to explain our concerns. In…

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President Jonathan Arkush issues statement on Piers Corbyn Tweet

The President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Mr Jonathan Arkush, has responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s defence of Piers Corbyn’s tweet regarding remarks by Louise Ellman MP about antisemitism. "Jeremy Corbyn's defence of his brother's belittling of the problem of antisemitism is deeply disturbing.  We cannot imagine that any other minority's concerns would…

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Board of Deputies statement on meeting with Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn  

The leadership of the Board of Deputies of British Jews today held discussions with Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn at Westminster on a range of matters of interest and concern to the UK Jewish community. The meeting has resulted in significant clarifications of the views of the Leader of the Opposition on key issues for the…

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Board of Deputies President: Corbyn does not care if his actions signal support for racist attitudes

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has written to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, telling him ‘the Jewish community is entitled to an apology for this failure to speak out against prejudice against our community when confronted with racism’. She was replying to Mr Corbyn’s letter in which he claims not…

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 Board of Deputies condemns Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on Gaza

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has challenged Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn on his statement issued on Tuesday in which he called Britain’s failure to call for an independent investigation into killings at the Gaza border “morally indefensible” Sheila said:  “Every country has the right to defend its own borders. Jeremy Corbyn’s statement…

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‘Profound disappointment’ as Corbyn attends book launch hosted by anti-Israel group with Iran links

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has expressed "profound disappointment" at the news that Labour  Leader Jeremy Corbyn this week attended an event hosted by controversial group the Islamic Human Rights Commission. Marie said: “In a week when the Labour Party has produced a discussion document on how to confront antisemitism within…

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Marie van der Zyl reacts to Jeremy Corbyn interview on ITV

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to Jeremy Corbyn’s comments made to Philip Schofield on ITV today. Marie said: "In an appearance on ITV, after again being asked five times for an apology on his party's inability to deal with the antisemitism in its ranks, Mr Corbyn finally…

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Board of Deputies condemns Corbyn campaign video as a ‘slap in the face for Jews’

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned a Jeremy Corbyn campaign video as a ‘slap in the face for Jews’. He said: "Does Jeremy Corbyn believe, as he has said publicly many times recently, that the Labour Party will do everything it can to expunge antisemitism from the Labour Party? "Or does he agree…

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Jeremy Corbyn endorses “yet another extremist position”

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has commented on a video showing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking alongside and applauding those who cavort with Holocaust deniers and extremists. Marie said: “The list of things for which Jeremy Corbyn needs to apologise to Jews and Israelis grows and grows. Applauding a speaker calling for…

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Jeremy Corbyn must remember that inaction in the face of racism is complicity

In this piece published in the New Statesman, Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein remind Jeremy Corbyn that inaction in the face of racism is complicity https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2018/08/jeremy-corbyn-must-remember-inaction-face-racism-complicity

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Jewish communal leaders respond to Jeremy Corbyn

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and, have issued a joint reply in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s letter and request for a meeting. You can read the full letter here. You can read Jeremy Corbyn's letter to Jonathan Arkush and Jonathan…

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Statement on election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader

Board President Jonathan Arkush commented on the election of the new  Labour Party leader. He said: "We would like to congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his election as Labour leader. We look forward to meeting him to discuss the priorities and concerns of Britain's Jewish community."

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Board of Deputies President: Corbyn, Milne and  Formby are personally responsible for having turned a once-great, anti-racist party into a cesspit of antisemitism

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to tonight's Panorama investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party. “This Panorama investigation gives added weight to what we have suspected all along. It suggests that the issue of antisemitism has been treated with disdain by the Labour leader and as a…

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Board of Deputies President sends letter to Jeremy Corbyn expressing ‘grave concern’ about his foreword for antisemitic book

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has today sent an open letter to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn expressing grave concern about the letter he wrote for the republication of John Hobson’s book Imperialism, which has an obvious antisemitic message. You can read the letter here.

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Board of Deputies reacts to report that Jeremy Corbyn’s office intervened to stop antisemitism suspension

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a report that  Jeremy Corbyn’s office had prevented a Labour Party member from being suspended for antisemitism. Marie said: “It is intensely disturbing to hear reports that the Labour leader’s office has intervened to stop the suspension of a member who…

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Statement on the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party Leader

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush said: “Nobody could pretend the last year has been easy in terms of relations between the Labour Party and the Jewish community. “It is imperative that lessons are learned and, in particular, that we see a decidedly firmer and more proactive approach to tackling antisemitism. “For our part, we…

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Jeremy Corbyn campaign deletes dismissive video and apologises following call between Board of Deputies CEO and Jon Lansman

Gillian Merron, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: “The dismissive video was a ‘slap in the face’ for the Jewish community. Having spoken directly to Campaign Director Jon Lansman, the Jeremy for Labour campaign now recognises the inappropriate message conveyed and has committed to remove the video and apologise. This…

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Marie van der Zyl condemns ‘shameful’ Labour response on antisemitism

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies, said: “Even by Labour’s low standards, the last few days since the unprecedented joint banner headline by our community’s leading newspapers have been utterly shameful.   “Shadow Cabinet members are lining up to oppose the leadership’s position on the IHRA antisemitism definition; one Labour councillor…

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A tale of three inquiries

By Gillian Merron and Simon Johnson Despite all the momentous events happening in the news, the issue of antisemitism in politics in general and especially in the Labour Party keeps on attracting comment. We would not be surprised if the community was finding it hard to make sense of it all. There are three inquiries…

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Board of Deputies and JLC: ‘Never has our community made a more powerful statement that we will not tolerate antisemitism in the Labour Party’

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein have issued a statement thanking all of those who travelled to Parliament Square on Monday to demonstrate their opposition to antisemitism in the Labour Party. They said: “Yesterday, thousands of people from our community and far beyond came together in Parliament Square to…

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Labour Party leadership candidates respond to Board of Deputies questions

In the run-up to the Labour leadership contest, Gilllian Merron, the Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, has written to both Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith to ask for their views on the issues that the UK Jewish community is concerned about. Below is the letter we sent to both candidates…

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Sadiq Khan tells Labour they need to make a ‘concerted effort’ to rebuild relationship with the Jewish community

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan last night told a packed Board of Deputies of British Jews annual dinner that “the Labour leadership needs to make a concerted effort to rebuild the relationship with the Jewish community”. Mr Khan was speaking at a central London location to an audience of 450, including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida…

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Board of Deputies President: ‘Tom Watson’s push for transparency in Labour complaints process is a sad commentary on the leadership’

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson’s call for greater transparency in the party’s disciplinary process. Marie said:  “It is tragic that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has felt the need to personally push for greater transparency in Labour’s complaints process for antisemitism, racism and…

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Foster’s Nazi comparison is inflammatory

Vice President Marie van der Zyl has commented on an article written by Labour donor  Michael Foster in which he compared Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn's leadership team to Nazis. Marie said: “We have often made the point that Nazi and Holocaust comparisons are inflammatory and should be avoided in political discourse. The same is true in…

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Board of Deputies and JLC comment on proposals to the Shadow Cabinet

‘Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals on antisemitism, presented to the Shadow Cabinet, represent a significant step backward. The proposals significantly increase the potential for political interference by putting decisions further into the hands of a small group of individuals who consistently vote on factional lines and have already shown their lack of independent thinking. ‘The Party seems…

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New Board of Deputies President sets out her ambition to be ‘leader for every part of the community’

Marie van der Zyl has begun her term as President of the Board of Deputies with a series of engagements underlying her commitment to being a leader for the entire community. Her itinerary includes a trip to Manchester to speak to Greater Manchester Metro-Mayor Andy Burnham and community heads, a meeting of the European Jewish…

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Reaction to Shami Chakrabarti report

Board of Deputies  of British Jews President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the report into antisemitism in the Labour Party led by Shami Chakrabarti. He said: “We agree with Shami Chakrabarti that the Labour Party has experienced unhappy recent  incidents of antisemitism, although this is a complete understatement of events.” “We welcome aspects of her report…

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Board of Deputies of British Jews statement on the suspension of Naz Shah MP

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Jonathan Arkush has responded to the suspension of Naz Shah MP. he said: “The suspension of Naz Shah MP, which we note was by mutual agreement, was clearly correct.  We must record our total dismay at the stories circulating that references to antisemitism were removed from Ms Shah’s…

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Jewish community reacts to arrests made in connection with Labour antisemitism crisis

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Community Security Trust and Jewish Leadership Council have commented on the arrests made by police this morning in connection with Labour’s antisemitism problem: “It is highly significant that the Metropolitan Police have now made three arrests in connection with Labour’s antisemitism problem. This follows the passing of…

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Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham tells Board of Deputies that antisemitism needs to be dealt with decisively

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham told a Board of Deputies meeting in Manchester on Sunday that he hoped the Labour Party has finally understood that antisemitism needs to be dealt with decisively. Speaking to a full meeting of the Board of Deputies at Manchester Town Hall, Mr Burnham, who received a standing ovation, said:…

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From hatred to humous: the Board of Deputies puts on a varied programme at Limmud

The Board of Deputies will be present in force at Limmud 2018 with a programme of events at the festival which runs until Thursday December 27. Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl will be asking 'Do Jews Have a Future in the UK?' at a session on Wednesday when antisemitism and threats to…

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In his Rosh Hashanah message, Jonathan Arkush reflects on a year of political uncertainty

In my New Year message 12 months ago I wrote that 2016 had been the most tumultuous year in British political life in living memory. This year has been barely less eventful with a surprise General Election producing an even bigger surprise, resulting in the turbulence of a hung Parliament, coalition negotiations and a shaky…

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Board of Deputies reacts with disappointment to Chakrabarti’s appointment as Shadow Attorney General

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has reacted with “disappointment” to the appointment of Baroness Chakrabarti as Shadow Attorney General only months after she presided over the Charkabarti Report into antisemitism in the Labour Party. Marie said: “We are disappointed, but sadly unsurprised, that once again Shami Chakrabarti and Jeremy Corbyn have…

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