Jonathan Arkush’s comments about Labour antisemitism and a fearful Jewish community may be over the top. But the gap is becoming a chasm
Since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour party leader in 2015, accusations of antisemitism in the Labour party from Jewish community leaders have become commonplace. Now, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Jonathan Arkush, the outgoing president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, went further in his criticisms than he or others in his position have gone before.
While Corbyn has often been accused of tolerating antisemitism within Labour, or of creating an environment in which it can thrive, leaders of major UK Jewish communal institutions have stopped just short of accusing him of being personally antisemitic. Now Arkush says that he believes that Corbyn has views that “are antisemitic”, due to his associations with Stop the War and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Arkush seems to demand not just toning down criticism of Israel, but actively supporting it
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