JEREMY Corbyn was accused of being a coward last night by Jewish leaders as Labour’s civil war deepened over anti-Semitism.
Dangerous splits emerged at the top of the party as it emerged the Labour leader even ignored his own policy chief who told him to adopt the full international anti-Semitism definition bar one.
Nick Obank – The Sun Jeremy Corbyn was accused of cowardice as Labour’s civil war over anti-semitism deepened
His closest adviser Andrew Murray had recommended he accept all of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definitions on anti-Semitism — bar one which should go to public consultation.
The move has left Jeremy Corbyn isolated at the head of the party.
Last night Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, accused the Labour leader of cowardice.
She said he was “hiding behind a half-hearted ‘apology’ no doubt crafted by his spin-doctors” asking: “Why are we not hearing from the man who’s supposed to be the leader himself?”
© Gary Perlmutter 2018 Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, accused the Labour leader of cowardice
She added: “Jeremy Corbyn needs to stop hiding and make an abject apology to UK Jews in his own voice.
“He must adopt the IHRA anti-Semitism definition and all examples. He should expel Peter Willsman. He should stop ridiculous show trials of Hodge/Austin & refer himself to equalities training.”
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Meanwhile Labour grandee Dame Margaret Hodge – still facing disciplinary action for making a stand against anti-Semitism – vowed to fight “tooth and nail” against Jew-hate.
Speaking on BBC’s Woman’s Hour she said three weeks on she has “no idea” what he allegations are against her branding her case “ridiculous”.
Alamy Corbyn with adviser Andrew Murray who recommended he accept all recognised definitions on anti-Semitism
She insisted she had not sworn at the Labour leader but that he had chosen “confrontation” with the Jewish community and possessed “a deep arrogance” in “playing around” with the international code on anti- Semitism.
It came as left-wing Momentum activists were accused of anti-Zionist rants about Jews and ant-Semitism in Barnet, which boasts a high Jewish population.
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