Despite the fact that polls for the 2016 Labour Election closed on September 21, Jeremy Corbyn has not yet found himself free of scandal. In fact, things that happened over the summer have only grown in their enormity, most specifically the issue of the politician allegedly being anti-Semitic. In the last few days, the 67-year-old’s campaign team put together a video in which they had Corbyn supporters discuss the matter, and what the term meant to them.
The 56 second clip, which is no longer available on the Labour leader’s Facebook page, did nothing to qualm the concerns Jeremy Corbyn critics have over his views of the Jewish community. In fact, complaints were filed by the British Board of Deputies, whose representation includes that of several Jewish people. Despite this, the video remained on the page for some time before its ultimate removal, according to Forward.
The Telgraph, on whose website the video has since been posted, gives detail to the interviews taking place in it. The main question being asked is “Do you promote anti-Semitism?” with the first interviewee giving the response that she would “not stand” for this, whether she witnessed it inside the Labour Party or elsewhere. Another insisted that the main anti-Semite movement in the past 100 years had been orchestrated by the Tories, who blocked refugees from coming into the U.K. by instilling fear into citizens that their homes and jobs would be taken should this be allowed.
One individual feels that there is no truth whatsoever behind the allegations that Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic, and that these lies are being spread due to the opposition having “nothing to fight back with” after realizing they are “losing the political argument.” The Daily Express reveals that the video ends with a participant crumpling up the piece of paper asking the question, and throwing it onto the floor.
As a result of the video’s publication, Jeremy Corbyn is now being urged by British Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush to announce once and for all his views on the Jewish. The time has come, feels Arkush, for the leader to take a public stand and put these rumors to rest, that is, if they are actually untrue. This is being doubted by many, including those inside the Labour Party, a viewpoint which increased after the father of three turned down an invitation to visit the Holocaust Museum in Israel. The declination took place only a few months after the initial allegations arose, which did not look to be in the Chippenham native’s favor. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow