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September 13, 2015 3:00 pm

British Jews Jolted by Election of Terrorist Sympathizer, Israel Critic as UK’s New Labour Party Leader

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The newly elected British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Facebook.

The newly elected British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Facebook.

Saturday’s election of far-Left candidate Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party — succeeding Ed Miliband — has U.K. Jews worried about the repercussions for their community and their country’s relationship with Israel.

It is not merely Corbyn’s sympathy for “father of communism” Karl Marx that has put a majority of the country’s estimated 290,000 Jews on edge. According to a Jewish Chronicle poll conducted during the election campaign, more than 80 percent of Jews said they were concerned about Corbyn’s anti-Israel positions and affiliations with antisemites.

With ties to Holocaust deniers and terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah – whom he referred to as “friends” – Corbyn has been alienating and angering the Jewish establishment, which has traditionally voted Labour. A recent interview with Iran’s Press TV, during which Corbyn called the assassination of Osama bin Laden a “tragedy,” only served to strengthen this ill ease.

Still, Jewish groups have been relatively quiet since Corbyn’s landslide victory, which emerged just before the beginning of the high holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The Jewish Leadership Council — an umbrella organization representing more than 30 community groups, among them synagogues, charities, regional councils and the Board of Deputies of British Jews – released the following statement to the press in the immediate aftermath of the vote-tally that ushered Corbyn into his new and important role. 

The Jewish Leadership Council will, as we always have, find ways of working with Her Majesty’s Opposition on matters relevant to us. Over the course of the leadership campaign, we had a number of concerns regarding some of Mr Corbyn’s past connections, and his stances on policy areas of great significance to the Jewish community. It is important that the legitimate concerns of the community are addressed.

We look forward to meeting with Mr Corbyn at the first available opportunity to discuss our concerns, but also ways in which the Labour Party and the Jewish community can continue to work together in a spirit of cooperation and understanding. We hope that the Labour movement remains a welcoming environment for members of the Jewish community, many of whom have lifelong commitments to it.

The exact opposite sentiment was expressed by Jewish Chronicle Editor Stephen Pollard in an op-ed in today’s Daily Mail Online. In a scathing attack, Pollard pulls no punches when it comes to his criticism of and warning against the man he says is “barely fit to be an MP,” let alone the head of the Labour Party.

Corbyn, Pollard says,doesn’t just hate America, Nato and the West. He appears to hate Britain itself. Every one of his foreign policy positions involves supporting our enemies and attacking our friends.”

Citing Corbyn’s opposition to Prime Minister David Cameron’s authorizing the drone strike that killed British ISIS terrorist Reyaad Khan, Pollard writes, “To Corbyn, everything Britain and the West does is wrong, which leads to the barmy conclusion that any enemy of Britain and the West must, at the very least, have a point.”

Nor, asserts Pollard, is it “just terrorist groups who benefit from [Corbyn’s] warped world view. Most of us think the collapse of the Soviet Union was one of the greatest events in the modern world. Not Corbyn. In his view, Poland should never have been allowed to join Nato because it was a deliberate provocation of Russia.

“When his welcoming language towards Hamas and Hezbollah was exposed, he said he was simply being polite and it was important to speak to people of all political stripes. But you will struggle to find him introducing representatives of the Israeli government as ‘friends’. Because he hasn’t. Ever.

“The point is that in the Corbyn world view, any enemy of the West is worthy of support. Any ally is opposed. So he was happy to invite Raed Salah, a 9/11 conspiracy theorist with a conviction for spreading the blood libel (that Jews drink the blood of gentile children), to take tea with him at the Commons.”

Pollard concludes: “Some things are beyond parody. And one of them is now leading the Labour Party.”

Corbyn reportedly has said he intends to appoint a Jewish-affairs liaison to communicate with local communities, but this has not been confirmed.

The first foreign leader to welcome Corbyn’s victory was Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner, who said of the late president of Venezuela — an anti-Western, antisemitic backer of terrorist organizations — “Men as Chávez don’t die; they sow.”

Kirchner and Corbyn see eye-to-eye on the issue of the Falkland Islands: both want to undo the sovereignty of the islanders gained by Britain in the 1982 Falklands War, launched by Argentina during Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as U.K. prime minister.

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  • Andy Coombes

    Hi All,

    I have never read such a paranoid load of codswallop in all my life – where on *earth* do some of the ideas about Corbyn , or indeed the British liberal left written in these comments come from? They can *only* be a product of propaganda, and I earnestly request individual British Jews to think for themselves and not buy into dominant mode received propaganda.
    As an English liberal leftist I am truly insulted and disturbed by the foolishness shown here.

    • Dante alegieri

      Your the fool, it’s the 1930’s all over again and anyone who doesn’t see that is, im affraid, a fool. Everything is dam propaanda in your dam leftish view, but then that is what the propaganda of a well diguised right would say. I would wager that you have no real knowledge of the world or what is really happening, and that you could not put it in to context if you tried. I would have another look if I was you. Or carry on as you are, but remember this, because I wont be around to say ‘hate to say I told you so’. Fare thi well

  • hammersmith

    The impending accounting is terrible to contemplate.

  • Alexandra

    A wonderful election result! Maybe we can get some humanity back into government now. Better a human being than a heartless warmongering neocon.

  • sidney sands

    The election of Corbyn will give the trade unions who have given him vast sums of money the power to bring this country to its knees, as they now promise. This is a black day for the U.K, but its a victory for the Muslim population Hamas and Hizbollah, and every anti-Semitic group, the hope is that the vast number of the voters in this country, will reject Corbyn and his group, we will need a strong government to see him off, as will surely happen.

  • Tuvia Fogel

    ‘Appoint a Jewish-affairs liaison’? What’s that, a Minister for the Deportation of Jews?

    • Dante alegieri

      Is he proposing that?

  • R.S. Wasserman

    Corbyn’s climb to the top of Britain’s Labor Party is no
    surprise. He, like Barack Obama, is the culmination of
    decades of the organized left (and that includes reds)
    successfully infiltrating establishment liberal organs.
    After all, U.K. leftists read the Alinsky playbook as well
    as U.S. leftists.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Again, if Corbyn achieves real power there will in fact, in reality, be pogroms in Britain.

  • Barbara Comiskey

    Corbyn is an extremely dangerous MP/ Leader certain aspects appear in his rallies and wild mass following to his demands and the running of Great Britain is frightening and a kin in some ways to Hitlar.
    On the other side of the coin his naive approach to terrorists as friends along with trying to hide and his denial of being Anti Semitic .
    Furthermore nativity to all aspects on GB future safe guards of our financial economy .

  • David Goshen

    Jeremy Corbyn is very proud of himself when he invites Hamas ,Hizballah and other terrorist leaders to tea at the House of Commons.Hamas is causing a major humanitarian crisis by refusing to allow the rebulding of Gaza under the supervision of Abu Mazem who was appointed by the Secetarary General of the UN Bank E Mun many months ago to do this super humaniterian job.Another winter is at hand in a few months and the suffering of the citizens of Gaza does not seem to concern Jeremy Corbyn because he has done absolutely nothing to help end this humaniterian crisis!.
    The Hizbalah fighting for Assad in Syria are responsible for millions of homeless refugees,hundreds of thousands of deaths but this does not concern Jeremy Corbyn who sips tea at the House of Commons .
    Corbyn obviously knows the facts about tens of millions that Stalin sent to their deaths.
    One can only wonder what type of leader he is ?? He claims to be a humanitarian but sadly there is no evidence of that in his track record.
    Perhaps Corbyn could solve the fight between the PA led by Abu Mazem and the Hamas of Gaza so that peace negotiations with Israel could start?

  • While Stephen Pollard’s Tory views are well-known, he is to be congratulated in reminding the public clearly what Jeremy Corbyn stands for and why he is to be reviled by all decent people, and ESPECIALLY members of the Labour Party. What distinguishes socialists from communists – a distinction that will now be seriously blurred – is socialism’s anti-racist and anti-violence stance. The media talked up Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy which is one of the reasons why he won. Mention of him on BBC news was always prefaced by the words “the bookies’ favorite.” It was not until all the votes for the leadership election had been cast that they DARED to mention is pathological hatred of Israel and of Jews in general and the fact that he had defied the Labour whip in parliament no less than 500 times! Corbyn makes a load of promises he cannot keep (even if Labour were in power), of the same kind as his heroes, such as the late and unlamented Hugo Chavez who brought Venezuela to its knees and whose successor has now ruined the Venezuelan economy for good. The enthusiasm with which the ignorant and bigoted (antisemites) flocked to vote for him, together with his empty rhetoric, are reminiscent of a certain European politician of the twenties and thirtie, who had no wispy beard like Corbyn, but instead sported a toothbrush mustache.

    • L

      You nailed it is the media fault. Who ever controls media controls what people vote on.

  • jeremy corbyn

    just wow.

    can one be a jew and a holohoax denier too?

    all kinds of peoples get slaughtered and tortured all over the world every day – israel’s ally america is still openly doing it in guantanamo bay, where innocents are detained for ever at the pleasure of whatever sadist is in charge.

    what makes us so special anyway? concentration camp scrip and brothels put to bed the idea they were strictly horror death camps. the germans are about efficiency, they’d be worked to death, red cross reported 271,000 deaths.

    jews still somehow think they are God’s chosen people, yet a muslim holy place stands right where God’s temple used to stand. do you think God’s trying to tell us something? do you think after the third time of turning from His ways and His teachings He might have said ‘enough with this people?’

    because everyone relies on the teachings of rabbis, elders, priests, imams, gurus and the like, hardly anyone goes direct to the source of God’s word any more, in english, the king james authorised bible.

    do you think God wanted to speak to everyone directly, or did He want to set up a superior class of initiates who only through them and their special rituals and strange teachings could we know God or his magnificent plan for us?

    a lifetime of indoctrination will prevent the majority from ever finding out for themselves instead of going through some arrogant buffoon and finding redemption unfortunately, but this is as true of christians and atheists and pagans and every religion as well as for the house of jacob.

    go on, pick up the bible, and read the new testament too: everything Jesus did is mentioned in the old testament, by isaiah, daniel, abraham, you name it. do you think God would allow a false doctrine to be sent around the world with a true one?

    with peace & love & grace & honour & truth.

    • In speaking of Israel, God says in Amos 9:15,”And I will plant them in their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them.” If this verse is kept in the context of the entire chapter, it is speaking of the endtime restoration of Israel to her land. That restoration took place on May14,1948.

      The very next day, all the surrounding nations attempted to uproot her, but failed. What God has said, will be accomplished, though all the nations rage.

      • Dante alegieri

        Well done for putting that in to context

  • steven L

    From Miliband to Corbyn. From bad to worst!

  • After the recent influx of French Jews to Israel, will there be an influx of British Jews? In the 1930s Labour were pro-Jewish, now the Looney-left are antisemitic.

  • Linda Golden

    Wake up people…regardless of the rhetoric, he was elected, which tells you a lot about the people who elected him. Jews of Europe need to leave…Europe has never been a true home for the Jewish people, who have always been subject to the whims of royalty, , and governments who welcome them and expelled them when it suits a purpose. The Islamicization of Europe is well on it’s way , I for one, see little future in Europe fir anyone and the election of Corbyn is just another nail in the coffin.

  • Ephraim

    So, when Labour wins, there will be a British, West, and Jew hater in charge of Britain, to go with an American, West, and Jew hater in the White House.

    Hitler would truly be celebrating.

  • Paul Cerar

    It is not hypocritical for left-wing fascist Communists to collaborate with right-wing fascist Islamites. Hell calls to Hell.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Bruce Rubin

    wikipedia says he is a Jew??

  • Bruce Rubin

    Take your assets and leave

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Keep being quiet British Jews on your way to the cattle cars if you don’t fight back this bastar.

    The only winners in this election are the Holocaust Deniers and the Arab terrorists.

    I don’t recall any Jew cutting off the soldier’s head or planting bombs on the subway.

    Jews better remember Churchill and become either organized when they fought the Nazi Paisley or become dead/

    It’s your choice./ Remember Chamberlain/

    Stop being so weak. Jews were thrown out of England twice.

  • Martin

    Jews voting in large numbers for the Labor Party in the UK is like Jews voting for the Democratic Party in the US.
    Tell me please, why are Jews–who are otherwise smart people –so stupid?

  • Jay Berman

    Maybe Mr. Corbyn’s election will teach British Jews they have been wasting their votes for Labor all these decades. Why even bother meeting with this vile politician? His positions won’t change. His leadership of Labor will ensure Conservatives win the next election in even a bigger landslide. That would be great for Britain. Mr. Corbyn will destroy Labor once and for all.

  • austin


    I am jolted that it takes so long for British Jews to realize the pervasive and integral anti semitism of the British.

    • Dante alegieri

      I’m British and I love the Jews, they are an amazing group of people and without them there is no spiritual blessings for this nation!

  • Edwin Farber

    It’s like American Jews and the Demicratic party. They automatically vote Democratic and then suddenly the Democrats pull off this horrendous Iran a Deal and American Jews are stunned. It was however totally predictable as all moderate to left groups have chosen appeasement as their approach to radical Islam so Israel gets in their way.

  • L. F. Graf Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz

    But it was the self-hating Jewish Israel n Jewish Religion bashing Miliband brothers who embraced him as Ms NBC n CNN that continues to give the US exposure n ignores Tory or Observant English Jews elected officials or even intellectuals

  • Fabiana Zanoni Santelli

    The world politics has spirreld down so quickly when it comes to the people’s best interest at heart that I am appaled by it. Bringing Mr. Corby to such a position is nothing but worrysome. When you have a person speak up so blatantly against the Western world and it allies, but yet doesn’t shy away from its benefits is just hypocritical. But, when you have a man in such a position as Mr. Corbin express those very thoughts, loud and clear, it’s concerning. Here you have a man with sympathetical ideas to all that represents terrorism and the very opposite to its targets. I know I am stating the obvious, but it has to be brought up time and again. It’s of major importance that peoples all over the world learn about such persons and their beliefs and national and international points of view and policies. Those very persons are responsible to feeding the much biased and vilifying standards of what the Western world and its allies represent. As for Argentina’s President words, Cristina Kirchner, enough is said about her and her skills as a Commander in Chief when one takes a really good look at what goes on in Argentina policies and politics. All she hopes for is the re-possesion of the Falkland Islands. Just for the sake of tapping herself on the shoulder and admiring such an accomplishment, in spite of the crumbling Argentinian economy. Finally, as for the Jewish Leadership Council, it’s past time that they stop trying to appease those that have one and only goal in their lives. To witness the destruction and perishing of Israel. Just speak up the truth and stand, for once, by Israel’s side.

  • Eric R.

    I was under the impression that unlike in other Western nations, Jews in Britain mostly voted for the party of the right, in this case the Tories. I would think that would especially be the case as the Orthodox and Hasidim now constitute a majority of British Jews.