The accusations of anti-Semitism that have persecuted Jeremy Corbyn since he assumed the leadership of the Labor Party have exploded this Tuesday in the most unexpected way, just two weeks before the general elections on December 12. The Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox Jewish Communities of the Commonwealth (the Commonwealth of Nations emerged from the end of the British Empire, with the United Kingdom at the helm), Eprhaim Mirvis, has published a devastating letter in the newspaper The Times in which he questions the ability of the Labor candidate to occupy 10 Downing Street. “How complicit should the leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition be with all prejudices (within his party) so that he is not considered suitable for the post of prime minister? Is his relationship with all those who have fostered hatred against Jews enough? Is it enough to call those who advocate the murder of Jews 'friends'? ”Mirvis wrote. The religious leader of the British Jews was aware that the moment chosen to launch such a tremendous allegation had a deep political charge. “It is not my job to tell anyone who to vote for. And I'm sorry to find myself in this situation. I simply ask: What will the result of these elections say about the moral sense of our country? When December 12 rolls around, I ask everyone to vote according to their conscience. But let no one doubt it: the very soul of our nation is at stake ”, he concludes in his text.
The impact of his words was enlarged hours later when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (the highest representative of the Anglican Church, after Elizabeth II), supported Mirvis's lament through his account on the social network Twitter. "That the chief rabbi was forced to make such an unusual statement, and at this time, it should alert us to the deep sense of insecurity that many British Jews experience," he said.
Corbyn desperately fights to shake off charges of lukewarmness and complicity with anti-Semitism. At the Labor congress held in Birmingham last September, he made the commitment to eradicate any form of racism or intolerance in his organization a key part of his speech, and yesterday he responded again: “Anti-Semitism, in any of its manifestations, is vile. and wrong. It is an evil installed in the bosom of our society that has no place, and under a Labor government it will not be tolerated at all ”, he said this Tuesday.
Corbyn has been unable to shake off the mistakes of his militant past in the party's most left wing during this time. The media have resurrected images of him in tribute to one of the murderers of the massacre of the Israeli Olympic team in Munich; or statements in which he questioned the ability of British Jews to understand English irony; or his support for an artistically pretentious graffiti in south-east London depicting a group of old men with hooked noses conspiring on the backs of ragged workmen. But above all, he was unable to resolve with authority and firmness the dozens of accusations of anti-Semitism within the party. Disdainful statements and comments from some of its members (in some cases, firm allies of Corbyn himself) barely deserved a slight expedient. The warmth shown in the face of the harassment suffered by some deputies such as Luciana Berger, who ended up leaving the formation, provoked the rejection and condemnation of relevant labor figures such as Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.
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