Monday 26 March 2018 / 6:54 PM Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn letter to Jewish leaders: I will always be your ally in the fight against antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, has written to the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council in response to their statement yesterday, pledging that he is a “militant opponent of antisemitism” and an ally in the fight against it.

In the letter, Jeremy Corbyn recognises that antisemitism has surfaced within the Labour Party and identifies particular forms of antisemitism, which he labels “the socialism of fools”. He apologies for the “pain and hurt to Jewish members of our Party and to the wider Jewish community in Britain” caused by instances of antisemitism in the Labour Party and personally for wrongly questioning the removal of an antisemitic mural in 2012.

He pledges that Labour will have zero tolerance for antisemites and will bring forward a programme of political education within the party “to increase awareness and understanding of all forms of antisemitism”.

In the letter, Jeremy Corbyn also repeats his offer on an urgent meeting with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council as soon as possible.

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