The chairman of Britain’s Community Security Trust has delivered a devastating assessment of Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to antisemitic anti-Zionism - suggesting he is more likely to “join in” than oppose it.
Gerald Ronson’s comments in front of an audience including Labour party deputy leader Tom Watson and new London Police Commissioner Cressida Dick are perhaps the strongest condemnation yet from a senior community leader in such a forum.
He told the CST annual dinner: “I don’t doubt that the Labour leader opposes antisemitism when it comes from Nazis but when it comes dressed up as anti-Zionism he is more likely to ask if he can join in. This is far more subversive than the danger posed by Nazis.”
He earlier insisted that fighting antisemitism must never be a party political issue – stressing that the community has many friends in the party and inviting applause for Labour MPs standing up on the issue.
He added: “We have many good Muslim friends here this evening, but I just wish we had many more. The more Muslim friends we have, the better off both communities will be. We’ll need it because in the future we expect more antisemitism, more terrorism and more division.”
He also warned that global destabilisation and anger won’t be good for the Jewish community.
“Look at how fragile Europe is; and suddenly nobody knows what America stands for any more,” he said. “People are moving to the extremes. They face globalised problems, which they want simple solutions to. I don’t need explanations of fancy modern phrases such as “populism” or “false news” or “post truth”, because I know the danger they point to.
A spokesperson spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn told Jewish News he has “consistently spoken out against all forms of antisemitism and condemns all forms of antisemitism, which is why he set up the Chakrabarti inquiry into antisemitism and the Party is implementing its findings.”Friday, March 03, 2017