The three main Organised Jewish newspapers in the UK have denounced Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to become the UK’s next prime minister as the Labour party gears up its campaign before the early December general election.
In an obviously coordinated move (surely not?) all three newspapers headlined with the apparent threat to the Jewish “way of life” Corbyn poses if he is elected next month.
Leading Labour politician John McDonnell, the real powerbroker behind Corbyn’s throne, said he was “saddened” by the newspaper’s front pages and insisted that Labour was doing “everything we can” to combat alleged ‘anti-semitism’ within the party.
The Jewish Chronicle, the main organ of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the UK’s leading communal Jewish organisation, led with: “Vote to stop Corbyn, urges rabbi.” While the rival Jewish News had a picture of Corbyn on the steps of No.10 Downing Street with the message; “The nightmare before Chanukah?”
The third Jewish newspaper quoted rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain’s remarks: “A Corbyn-led government would pose a danger to Jewish life as we know it.”
Co-incidentally (or not) that particular rabbi is based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, the constituency of the former Tory prime minister, Theresa May, who is very close to Organised Jewish groups in the UK.
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn became the Labour leader back in 2015, there has been a sustained attack on him by Organised Jewry, despite Corbyn having some significant Jewish support, particularly among the more secular-minded Jewish elements who have always been uneasy about the ruthless behaviour of successive Israeli governments since the country was first established in 1948.
And Corbyn’s refusal to get on his bended knee towards Israel, along with his vociferous support for the Palestinian cause over the decades since he was first elected as a Labour MP back in 1983, is what undoubtedly motivates the Organised Jewish campaign against his leadership of the Labour party.
Potentially, a future Corbyn government could overturn the overtly pro-Israel foreign policy position of previous British governments, both Labour and Conservative, since the Suez Crisis back in 1956.
And despite making up only a tiny fraction of the UK’s wider population, the concerns of Organised Jewry have easily found an echo in the mainstream media’s agenda judging by previous front page headlines in leading UK newspapers.