Three UK Jewish Papers Run Unprecedented Joint Editorial Condemning Corbyn's Anti-Semitism

A Scottish Labour spokesmam said: "Richard Leonard has been very clear throughout his time as leader of Scottish Labour that he has zero tolerance of, and that there is no room for, anti-Semitism or any other form of racism in the party".

Former Dunfermline and West Fife MP Thomas Docherty has written to Brian Roy, general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, claiming a post on Fife councillor Mary Lockhart's Facebook page was "clearly an anti-Semitic smear".

Dudley North MP Mr Austin, the son of adoptive Jewish parents who lost relatives in the Holocaust, said the row that has seen Labour castigated by a string of Jewish groups had left him "deeply ashamed" of the party. "It was a heated discussion, I accept that, but I didn't scream abuse at anybody".

"I'm not going to condemn Ian Austin - I wasn't there, I didn't see what happened", Burgon told the World this Weekend.

After initially stumbling over his words and describing Labour as "a party that is anti-racist and anti-Semitist", he told Today: "We are are against anti-Semitism, we are a party that attacks anti-Semitism wherever it is, either in our party or in our community".

A Labour Party spokesman nevertheless vowed to take the complaints made against Mr Austin and Dame Margaret "extremely seriously", and noted they would be investigated in line with party "rules and procedures".

After years of "alarming lows" between the Corbyn-led Labour Party and the Jewish community, the incident that prompted the three papers to speak out was "last week's stubborn refusal to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of antisemitism, provoking Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge to call her leader an antisemite to his face".

Ms Baillie, the party's economy spokeswoman, tweeted that adopting the IHRA definition was "the right thing to do" while health spokesman Mr Sarwar said the party "must adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism now".

The comments came after the UK's three leading Jewish newspapers took the unprecedented step of publishing a joint front page message warning that a Corbyn-led government would pose an "existential threat to Jewish life in this country".

Corbyn, who claims the proposed code shows Labour will not tolerate anti-Semitism, has called for Monday's meeting of his party's lawmakers to be delayed until the autumn.

The alliance, for example, says it is anti-Semitic to accuse Jewish people of being more loyal to Israel than to their home country, an example not picked up by Labour.

Corbyn says that his party won't accept any racist or similarly bigoted behavior from any of its members.

Shadow global trade secretary Barry Gardiner told the Jewish News: "My view is that it would have been better for the party to adopt the IHRA definition in full with all the examples and then to add all the clauses necessary to make it enforceable rather than to appear to cavil and weaken the definition".

She told him: "When I was negotiating our future security relationship with Europe, he was renegotiating the definition of anti-Semitism".

On 5 September Labour MPs vote on an emergency motion calling for the party to adopt the full IHRA definition into its rulebook.

The party is "fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and its organisation", he added.

A Bognor Regis town councillor has denied posting anti-Semitic material on social media.

Labour MPs Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall and Anna Turley are among those who have been critical.


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