‘I walked the walk’ against Jew-hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

JEREMY COR­BYN has de­scribed how he has “stood side-by-side” with the Jewish community to com­bat an­ti­semitism.

The Labour leader said there had been an “alarm­ing rise” in Jew-ha­tred and that his party was “im­pla­ca­bly op­posed” to an­ti­semitism in any form.

Mr Cor­byn said Labour was “tak­ing for­ward the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Chakrabarti In­quiry into racism and an­ti­semitism”.

Speak­ing in Birm­ing­ham on Satur­day, Mr Cor­byn ad­dressed an event mark­ing Wed­nes­day’s UN in­ter­na­tional day for the elim­i­na­tion of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion.

He out­lined his party’s anti-racism cre­den­tials, say­ing: “I and many oth­ers in the Labour party haven’t just talked the talk; we have walked the walk as well.

“I have stood side by side with your com­mu­ni­ties, to cam­paign against apartheid in South Africa, against in­creas­ing Is­lam­o­pho­bia in this coun­try, against racism and against an­ti­semitism.”

In a ref­er­ence to last week’s EU Court of Jus­tice rul­ing that com­pa­nies can ban em­ploy­ees from wear­ing reli­gious sym­bols, Mr Cor­byn said: “We must not al­low people’s free­doms to be curbed and must at all times pro­mote reli­gious ac­cep­tance.

“In this coun­try we have a tra­di­tion of ac­cep­tance… in­clud­ing op­pos­ing any dis­crim­i­na­tory bans of reli­gious sym­bols, whether these be cru­ci­fixes, tur­bans, kip­pahs or niqabs or any other form of dress.”

Mr Cor­byn said he was not tak­ing eth­nic mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties’ sup­port “for granted”. He wanted back­ers to “or­gan­ise, cam­paign and lead for Labour in your com­mu­ni­ties”.

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