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This is the first time in the history of British media, three community newspapers carrying the same leader on their front pages, with each other’s logos as a sign of the extent of communal anger and concern over Labour’s stand on anti-semitism….reports Asian Lite News

 by . Britain’s three leading Jewish community newspapers – Jewish Chronicle,  Jewish Telegraph & Jewish News, launched a united campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stand on anti-semitism.

This is the first time in the history of British media, three community newspapers carrying the same leader on their front pages, with each other’s logos as a sign of the extent of communal anger and concern over Labour’s stand on anti-semitism.

The newspapers said a government led by Corbyn would pose an “existential threat to Jewish life” in the UK. They also accused the Labour party of showing “contempt for Jews and Israel”.

They cited the party’s decision to adopt a “diluted” version of the International Holocaust Rememberance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

Today, Britain’s three leading Jewish newspapers — Jewish ChronicleJewish News and Jewish Telegraph — take the unprecedented step of speaking as one by publishing the same front page against Labour and its ultra-left wing leader.

“We do so because of the existential threat to Jewish life in this country that would be posed by a Jeremy Corbyn-led government,” the front page leader said. “We do so because the party that was, until recently, the natural home for our community has seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel.

Jewish Chronicle cover on Corbyn

“The stain and shame of antisemitism has coursed through Her Majesty’s Opposition since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015. From (Shami) Chakrabarti to (Ken) Livingstone, there have been many alarming lows. 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, was the most sinister yet.

“Labour has diluted IHRA resolution, accepted in full by the government and more than 130 local councils, deleting and amending four key examples of antisemitism relating to Israel. Under its adapted guidelines, a Labour Party member is free to claim Israel’s existence is a racist endeavour and compare Israeli policies to those of Nazi Germany, unless “intent” — whatever that means — can be proved. “Dirty Jew” is wrong, “Zionist bitch” fair game?

“In so doing, Labour makes a distinction between racial antisemitism targeting Jews (unacceptable) and political antisemitism targeting Israel (acceptable). The reason for this move? Had the full IHRA definition with examples relating to Israel been approved, hundreds, if not thousands, of Labour and Momentum members would need to be expelled.

“With the government in Brexit disarray, there is a clear and present danger that a man with a default blindness to the Jewish community’s fears, a man who has a problem seeing that hateful rhetoric aimed at Israel can easily step into antisemitism, could be our next prime minister.

“On 5 September, Labour MPs vote on an emergency motion, calling for the party to adopt the full IHRA definition into its rulebook.  Following that, it will face a binary choice: implement IHRA in full or be seen by all decent people as an institutionally racist, antisemitic party.  After three deeply painful years for our community, September is finally make or break.”

Under the headline “United We Stand”, the three papers described Labour’s refusal to adopt in full the IHRA definition of antisemitism as “sinister”.

Explaining why they took the highly unusual step of the joint editorial, the papers said: “We do so because of the existential threat to Jewish life in this country that would be posed by a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.

“We do so because the party that was, until recently, the natural home for our community has seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel.

In a direct attack on Mr Corbyn they express concern that “a man who has a problem seeing that hateful rhetoric aimed at Israel can easily step into anti-Semitism could be our next Prime Minister”.

They urged Labour MPs to back a motion to be debated by the parliamentary party in September to accept the IHRA definition in full, including its list of examples of antisemitic behaviour.

In particular the newspapers alleged the changes to the Labour rulebook were made in order to avoid the need to expel hundreds or even thousands of party members.

Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee enraged Jewish groups  by omitting four of the IHRA examples of antisemitism from their new definition, mostly relating to criticism of the state of Israel. The party insists the same issues are covered elsewhere in the document.

“Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and its organisations,” a Labour Party spokesman said in a statement. “The next Labour government poses no threat of any kind whatsoever to Jewish people. The security and wellbeing of Jewish people is a priority for our party and in government we will always ensure schools, synagogues and institutions are properly protected. We understand the strong concerns raised in the Jewish community and are seeking to engage with communal organisations to build trust and confidence in our party. We know there is a huge amount of work to do.”