Although Jeremy Corbyn today wrote to the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to say ‘sorry’ for the ‘pain which has been caused’ by his party’s handling of cases of anti-Semitism, this acknowledgement appears not to extend to all of his supporters.
This evening around 500 members of the Jewish community gathered in Parliament Square to raise concerns over the Labour leadership’s attitude towards the Jewish community – after Corbyn apparently supportive message to the creator of an allegedly anti-Semitic mural in 2012. Only not everyone was happy to let this group have their say alone. The pro-Corbyn Jewish Voice for Labour group organised a separate rally to counter the protest. The location? Also in Parliament Square.
Mr S suspects that the placards so little to advance the cause that they take recent allegations seriously:
Thing then took a turn for the worse when one of the protesters attempted to mingle with attendees at the Board of Deputies demonstration:
The two rival protests clash as Jewish community gather in Parliament Square to raise concerns with Labour party’s attitude towards anti-Semitism pic.twitter.com/TaR40qgL50
— Katy Balls (@katyballs) March 26, 2018
Labour moderates – including Yvette Cooper, Harriet Cooper, Chuka Umunna, Ian Austin, Stephen Doughty, Liz Kendal and John Woodcock – did find time to join the Jewish community for the occasion.
Mr S has no doubt Corbyn would have been there had he not been stuck in the Chamber…