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Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote race speech thrown into chaos by Chief Rabbi’s attack on anti-semitism


JEREMY Corbyn has slammed ‘evil’ anti-Semitism just hours after the Chief Rabbi blasted Labour for failing to tackle anti-Jewish racism.

The Labour leader was speaking at the launch of the party’s race and faith manifesto, but refused to address the criticism from Ephraim Mirvis.

Arriving for the event more than an hour late, the far-left leader then failed to take any questions.

He said: “I have to say, I just want to make this very clear – anti-Semitism in any form is vile and wrong.

It came during an event where Mr Corbyn also unveiled policies on how to combat anti-Semitism in Britain.

Despite vowing to tackle the issue, anti-Semitism was not mentioned until page 12 of the manifesto.

The launch was also overshadowed by the Chief Rabbi facing an onslaught of attacks on Twitter from Corbynistas.

Teacher and Labour activist Holly Rigby tweeted: “Chief Rabbi Mirvis is a Boris Johnson supporter.

“He’s also an uncritical supporter of Netanyahu + the violent oppression of Palestinians by Israel.

“Labour is promising to recognise a Palestinian state + end arms sales to Israel.

“His comments must be taken in this context.”

Another accused him of of being a Mossad agent claiming: “Today’s announcement from the chief Rabbi also stinks of foreign state interference, MI6 Monday, Mossad today! CIA tomorrow? Corbyn is target number 1.”

The Conservatives said it was “staggering” that Labour has sought to “lecture people” despite facing a huge backlash over its handling of anti-Semitism claims within the party.

Last week, Mr Corbyn unveiled his Marxist manifesto that pledges to introduce £83billion in taxes and is now publishing one that focuses on race and injustice.

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He plans to make colonialism and the role of British Empire part of the national curriculum.

Mr Corbyn will also force businesses to report on the pay gap faced by their black, Asian and ethnic minority employees as well as establish a race equality unit in the Treasury.

‘GRIPPED BY ANXIETY’

She said: “It’s staggering that Corbyn’s Labour see fit to lecture people about race and faith while they are investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for the rampant antisemitism in their ranks.

“Not charging people who want to come to the country for visa and immigration services means UK taxpayers will have to pay instead.

“The bill will be more than £1.5billion, money that could otherwise be spent on schools and hospitals.”

The Chief Rabbi who represents British Jews in the UK, hit out at Labour saying “the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety”.

Writing in The Times, he states the “Jewish community has watched with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism”.

Proposals in the Labour race and faith manifesto

  • Form a “emancipation educational trust” to teach about the “historical injustice” of the British Empire
  • The same trust would also teach on migration and legacy of slavery
  • Establishing a race equality unit in the Treasury to review spending announcements for their impact on Bame communities
  • End “rip-off” charges for passports, visas and tests from the Home Office
  • A wide-ranging review into the under-representation of Bame teachers in schools
  • An independent review of far-right extremism
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He continues: “The way in which the leadership has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud — of dignity and respect for all people.”

He then adds: “Be in no doubt, the very soul of our nation is at stake.”

Mr Mirvis claims at least 130 outstanding anti-Semitism cases are being looked at by Labour and thousands more have been reported but remain unresolved.

A Labour spokesman said: “Jeremy Corbyn is a lifelong campaigner against anti-Semitism and has made absolutely clear it has no place in our party and society.

“The 130 figure is inaccurate and it is categorically untrue to suggest there are thousands of outstanding cases.”

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