Isaac Herzog urges Corbyn to ‘take action before it’s too late’ on Jew-hate

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Isaac Herzog urges Corbyn to ‘take action before it’s too late’ on Jew-hate

The chairman of the Jewish Agency claims Panorama 'exposed the moral chasm into which Labour has fallen'

Isaac Herzog and Jeremy Corbyn
Isaac Herzog and Jeremy Corbyn

The chairman of the Jewish Agency Isaac Herzog has urged Jeremy Corbyn to “take action before it’s too late” as the row over antisemitism intensifies.

In a letter to the Labour leader, Herzog claimed Panorama “exposed the moral chasm into which Labour has fallen” in a reference to the BBC documentary broadcast last week, which reported claims senior Labour figures intervened in antisemitism investigations.

The letter, released today, urges Corbyn to require an independent body to investigate and make recommendations to “allow British Jews to feel safe and wanted once again within Labour.”

Isaac Herzog wrote: “The treatment by Labour’s leadership of antisemitic incidents within the ranks of the party is properly outrageous, and the leniency and laxness displayed by the party’s institutions towards members.”

Herzog attracted media coverage last week after describing Corbyn’s party as “riddled to its bones with antisemitism” during an event at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Herzog reiterated claims Corbyn ignored his written invitation to visit the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem following “comments” on the holocaust. “I never got a reply, never ever. And he never bothered to come and see,” Herzog said.

When Herzog made similar allegations last year, the Labour Party said Corbyn declined the invitation citing “existing commitments” and sent the party’s general secretary on his behalf.

The Labour Party has been approached for comment.

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