ADL stands in solidarity with British Jews

Anti-Defamation League says it stands in solidarity with British Jewish community after it demanded an end to anti-Semitism in Labour.

Ben Ariel ,

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday said it stands in solidarity with the Board of British Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council in the United Kingdom in their demands to end tolerance for anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party.

Earlier on Monday, leaders of British Jewry sent an open letter to the country’s Labour party in which they wrote that party leader Jeremy Corbyn had “sided with anti-Semites rather than Jews.”

The letter sent to Member of Parliament John Cryer, chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, said, “Today, leaders of British Jewry tell Jeremy Corbyn that enough is enough. We have had enough of hearing that Jeremy Corbyn ‘opposes anti-Semitism,’ whilst the mainstream majority of British Jews, and their concerns, are ignored by him and those he leads.”

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, said in a subsequent statement, "We stand in solidarity with the British Jewish community in their demands to end tolerance for anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party. We understand their frustration with Jeremy Corbyn’s repeated failure to listen to the community’s concerns when it comes to the far left’s obsessive hatred of Zionism and Israel.”

“Corbyn’s many statements opposing anti-Semitism are contradicted by his failure time and again to act against those who engage in anti-Semitism. It is high time for the British Labour Party to recognize that they have a serious problem with Jews and Israel,” added Greenblatt.

“We hope the British public at large will come out in force at today’s demonstration to show broad rejection of anti-Semitism and support for the Jewish community."

Corbyn on Monday apologized to British Jews over the anti-Semitism in his party, stressing in a letter that he is a “militant opponent” of anti-Semitism.

The Labour leader has repeatedly come under fire for his failure to properly tackle the anti-Semitism in his party.

Over the last several years, dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements.

Corbyn himself been criticized in the past due to his calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for outright refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups.

In 2016, however, the Labour leader said that he regretted making those comments.

Most recently it was revealed that Corbyn had temporarily been a member of a private Facebook group that spread anti-Semitic hate speech. Several other Labour members were a part of that group as well.

Monday’s letter was sent in the wake of an incident from 2012, in which Corbyn questioned the removal of a mural featuring classic anti-Semitic images in Tower Hamlets.

MP Luciana Berger on Friday highlighted a Facebook post from that time in which Corbyn responded to a question as to why the mural would be destroyed and wrote, “Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller (sic) destroyed Diego Viera’s mural because it includes a picture of Lenin.”

Corbyn, who had not provided any explanation when the issue was raised two years ago, acknowledged he should have looked more closely at the image before posting on Facebook.

“In 2012 I made a general comment about the removal of public art on grounds of freedom of speech. My comment referred to the destruction of the mural Man at the Crossroads by Diego Rivera on the Rockefeller Center,” he said on Sunday.

“That is in no way comparable with the mural in the original post. I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic. I wholeheartedly support its removal,” he added.

Corbyn stressed he is “opposed to the production of anti-Semitic material of any kind, and the defense of free speech cannot be used as a justification for the promotion of anti-Semitism in any form. That is a view I’ve always held.”