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UK Jewish Group Demands Public Rejection of Terror Groups Hamas and Hezbollah From Labour Leadership Frontrunner Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Screenshot.

Jeremy Corbyn must reject terrorist groups to win back the support of British Jews, Jonathan Arkush said. Photo: Screenshot.

The head of a top Jewish organization in Britain said the leading contender for leadership of the country’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, must publicly denounce terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah if he wants to win the trust of the U.K.’s Jewish community, The Telegraph reported on Friday.

Jonathan Arkush, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said the Islington North MP will not be taken seriously by the Jewish community until he starts giving “clear, straight answers to straight questions” and repudiates a series of unsavory characters that he has been linked with. Among them are “antisemites, racists, terrorists bodies, people for whom I would expect any serious British U.K. politicians would want to maintain a great distance. Any British politician in a senior capacity will not be taken seriously if he has any partiality towards terrorist organizations,” according to Arkush.

Among the controversial figures linked to Corbyn are Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel Raed Salah, who has been accused of “virulent antisemitism,” Muslim extremist Dyab Abou Jahjah, who has been accused of propogating blood libels against Jews, and Rev. Stephen Sizer, who blamed Israel for the 9/11 attacks and was banned by the Anglican Church for six months for his antisemitic views.

Corbyn also infamously referred to members of the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends,” though he later claimed that he had used “diplomatic language in the context of dialogue.”

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Corbyn chairs the Stop The War Coalition, which has organized rallies at which Hezbollah flags are waved along with banners reading “Death to Israel.”

Arkush told The Telegraph that Corbyn’s views are “very hostile to Israel,” and that the politician’s links to Holocaust deniers and antisemites have stirred “very deep concerns” among Jews that must be addressed immediately. He stressed that concern about Corbyn’s stance toward Israel is both widespread in the community and “not at all exaggerated.”

He said that in the event that Corbyn wins the Labour Party race, he would demand an urgent meeting with the leader, to seek reassurances about his position on Israel.

Nearly 70 percent of British Jews are worried about the possibility of Corbyn becoming the new Labour Party leader, The Algemeiner previously reported. Corbyn, however, forcefully rejected the charges saying he finds the idea of his being called a racist or antisemite “beyond appalling, disgusting and deeply offensive.” He claimed he has spent his life opposing racism and that he will continue to do so “until my dying day.”

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