Corbyn urged to prove Labour not ‘party of many, but not the Jew’
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Corbyn urged to prove Labour not ‘party of many, but not the Jew’

Labour leader grilled on antisemitism at Confederation of British Industry conference on Monday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the CBI conference at the InterContinental Hotel in London (Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the CBI conference at the InterContinental Hotel in London (Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Jeremy Corbyn was quizzed on antisemitism at a conference in London on Monday by an audience member who asked how the Labour leader intends to demonstrate his party does not represent “the many, but not the Jew.”

Corbyn took questions after delivering a speech at the Confederation of British Industry in Greenwich on Monday ahead of next month’s general election.

An audience member, who identified herself as Hannah, challenged Corbyn on how he intends to “to demonstrate you care about racism and antisemitism in society, and show that Labour isn’t just for the many but not the Jew?,” prompting the crowd to applaud.

Corbyn replied, saying that he had spent his “whole life as somebody who hates racism in every form whatsoever.”

“Just as much as those people that attack synagogues, daub fascist graffiti over them, or attack Jewish people in this country, the USA or anywhere else, have no place whatsoever in a civilised society,” he said.

He added: “The history of the Jewish people has been one of the most unbelievable and egregious – attacks on them in central Europe throughout the early part of the 20th century, which of course ended with the Holocaust and all the horrors that went with that.”

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