Some harsh words from cross-party peer Baroness Neuberger in particular:
“It [anti-semitism] is attached to Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader, and therefore old, if you like – some of this existed probably within militant, if you’re old enough to remember all that – and it’s an issue with the hard left, and a particular criticism of Israel. And I suspect that people whose views would not have been acceptable within the Labour party have rejoined or joined”
In other words, it is mainstreaming in the guise of anti-Zionism under Corbyn’s leadership…
When a senior Jewish member of your party politely suggests Labour could do more to counter anti-Semitism, it’s an odd reaction to respond by attacking them. Yet Jeremy Corbyn has angrily laid into Lord Levy this morning:
“Lord Levy clearly hasn’t been listening to the seven times since I became leader I’ve absolutely condemned anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, any form of racism. It is absolutely something I totally passionately believe in and I’m disappointed that Lord Levy has made these remarks.”
And why does Corbyn have to equate anti-Semitism to Islamophobia, of which Labour has faced no complaints? Why can’t he just condemn it?