British Labour leader postpones meeting with Jewish community

Jeremy Corbyn postpones scheduled roundtable on relations between Jewish community and his party.

Ben Ariel ,

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has postponed a scheduled roundtable on relations between the Jewish community and his party, the UK-based Jewish News reported on Sunday.

The Labour leader invited numerous community groups for a “Respect and Engagement” event on April 25, just 24 hours after talks are scheduled between Corbyn, the Board and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).

Invitees to the meeting were urged to “contribute to a fruitful and constructive discussion on moving forward”, but the Board and JLC said they could “see no reason” to go so soon after the main meeting, urging others to follow suit.

Concerns were raised after it became apparent an invite had also been extended to Jewish Voice for Labour, a group which has long questioned whether claims of anti-Semitism in the party are exaggerated and led a counter-demo against the Enough is Enough rally in Parliament Square.

Labour sources indicated that a series of meetings would be held with a wide range of groups and individuals in the coming weeks – with the first on Tuesday being with the “most representative groups”.

Corbyn has repeatedly come under fire in recent years 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 refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups.

Most recently, British Jews took to the streets to protest anti-Semitism in the Labour party.

In addition to the protest, British Jewish leaders sent an open letter to the Labour party in which they wrote that Corbyn had “sided with anti-Semites rather than Jews” and stated that “enough is enough”.

Corbyn responded with a letter of his own in which he stressed to Jewish leaders and stressed that he is a “militant opponent” of anti-Semitism.