Unfair To Corbyn


Joshua Hammerman unfairly lumps British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbin with the likes of the Ayatollah Khomeini, Louis Farrakhan and David Duke as figures “who all hate us and … think the Holocaust never happened” (“5780: Regression From The Meanness”).

As to the first part, Corbyn may not exactly be a Judeophile; he has associated with anti-Semites and has taken anti-Zionist positions. However, he has never expressed outright hatred of Jews and Judaism as have the other three persons named.

The second part of the grouping is totally preposterous. Corbyn has never remotely denied the existence or breadth of the Holocaust. Indeed, his Labour Party has endorsed the idea of Holocaust denial being an indicator of anti-Semitism. Corbyn himself this year tweeted:

“In memory of the millions of Jewish people, and others, who perished in the Holocaust.” He added: “Let us never allow anti-Semitism or any other form of racism to disfigure our society.”

The Jewish Week and its contributors must be balanced and factually accurate in their appraisal of public figures. Corbyn may deserve criticism from our community for his public stances and insensitivity, but not the opprobrium of being put in the same category as the most vituperative enemies of our people and faith.