UK Jewish newspapers warn Corbyn poses ‘existential threat’ to British Jewry

UK Jewish newspapers warn Corbyn poses ‘existential threat’ to British Jewry

UK Jewish newspapers warn Corbyn poses ‘existential threat’ to British Jewry

"If it is to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, it is unlikely to succeed and is a shameless piece of cynical opportunism".

The current crisis in Labour's ranks was spurred after the party's executive committee proposed a new definition of anti-Semitism that in large part embraces the position taken by the widely recognized International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) but excludes several examples that the alliance cites as anti-Semitic, specifically those pertaining to Israel.

The UK's three leading and competing Jewish newspapers published a joint editorial on Wednesday warning of the "existential" threat that controversial Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn posed to British Jewry.

Mr McDonnell told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Dame Margaret's outburst was "out of character" and she was "extremely angry and lost her cool" when she confronted Mr Corbyn.

"Did I scream abuse at anybody?" Austin, whose adoptive parents were Czech Jewish refugees, said he was aghast at the row over the code of conduct.

He added: "We have concerns about one half of one of the IHRA's 11 examples, which could be used to deny Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of Israel and their supporters, their rights and freedoms to describe the discrimination and injustices they face in the language they deem appropriate".

The letter was in response to a "heated discussion" between Mr Austin and Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery, one of Mr Corbyn's closest allies, in the Commons earlier this month. "This is the party I have been in for 50 years".

Jewish groups have previously criticised Corbyn for alleged anti-Semitism. "What do people think?"

'That I'm so anxious about his plans to nationalise the railways or something that I would invent all this stuff?

The disciplinary moves against Austin prompted strong criticism from some other backbench Labour MPs. Instead we have the party charging in like a bull in a china shop, when they should be focusing instead on repairing the enormous damage done by the NEC's most recent decision.

"Of course he was upset, I think Margaret was upset as well", said the shadow chancellor.

"I'm not going to condemn Ian Austin - I wasn't there, I didn't see what happened", Burgon told the World this Weekend.

"I realised there was a complete misinterpretation of the code, so I can understand why she was so angry if that's what she believed this code had done", he said.

"It tells me that we have a significant problem that came to light because of the focus on it".

But Mr Austin denies being personally abusive to Mr Lavery.

The prime minister demanded Mr Corbyn's party scrap their document and instead sign up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism in full.

Other MPs expressed support for Austin on Twitter, including Siobhain McDoagh, Peter Kyle and Pat McFadden.

Still, Labour has been wrestling with accusations that it has been tolerant of anti-Semitism among some of its members, and in April leaders of Britain's 270,000 Jews organised a protest accusing Corbyn of failing to address their concerns.

He said: "Under the terms of the Parliamentary Labour Party rules there has to be respect between colleagues".

In his letter Mr Docherty hit out at the party, saying he was disappointed it had refused to take action unless it received an official complaint.

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