:^\]i ^c &% UK Jews ‘see Cor­byn as an­tisemitic’

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

MORE THAN 85 per cent of Bri­tish Jews think Jeremy Cor­byn is an­tisemitic, ac­cord­ing to polling car­ried out for the JC. A sim­i­lar per­cent­age be­lieve there are sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of an­tisemitism at all lev­els of the Labour Party.

The sur­vey, un­der­taken by polling com­pany Sur­va­tion be­tween Au­gust 12 and Septem­ber 4, shows that 85.9 per cent of Bri­tish Jews re­gard the Labour leader as an­tisemitic, while just 8.3 per cent be­lieve he is not.

In a re­cent Sur­va­tion poll among the gen­eral pub­lic, 39 per cent said Mr Cor­byn was an­tisemitic.

Among Bri­tish Jews, only 1.7 per cent be­lieve Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to be an­tisemitic, with 89.9 per cent say­ing she is not. And just 6.1 per cent say that Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Vince Ca­ble is an­tisemitic.

Sur­va­tion also asked Bri­tish Jews for their views on the main par­ties. Re­spon­dents were asked to rank Labour, the Con­ser­va­tives, the Lib­eral Democrats and UKIP on a scale of 1-5, where 1 cor­re­sponds to the state­ment

that “there are very low lev­els of an­tisemitism among the po­lit­i­cal party’s mem­bers and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives”, 4 to the be­lief that “there are high lev­els of an­tisemitism with the party’s mem­bers and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives” and 5 to “very high” lev­els.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, 85.6 per cent of Bri­tish Jews rated Labour at ei­ther 4 or 5, sug­gest­ing they see an­tisemitism as hav­ing sig­nif­i­cantly in­fil­trated all lev­els of the party.

A sim­i­lar sur­vey of Bri­tish Jews by Sur­va­tion in 2017 found that 69 per cent be­lieved there were “high” to “very high” lev­els of an­tisemitism in the Labour Party, mean­ing there has been a marked in­crease over the past year in the num­ber of Bri­tish Jews who be­lieve there are “high” to “very high” lev­els of an­tisemitism in Labour.

In this lat­est sur­vey, only 6.1 per cent ranked the Con­ser­va­tives at 4 or 5 on the same scale, with 11.2 per cent rank­ing the Lib­eral Democrats in one of

these two cat­e­gories. Only UKIP came any­where close to Labour’s rat­ing, with 56.9 per cent of Jews rank­ing the party at four or five on the scale.

In a poll ear­lier this month among the gen­eral pub­lic, 43 per cent said there were “high” to “very high” lev­els of an­tisemitism within Labour.

The poll was con­ducted af­ter the Labour leader was at the cen­tre of fur­ther rows. In July, pho­tos of Mr Cor­byn sur­faced from a 2014 event in Tu­nis, where he laid a wreath com­mem­o­rat­ing the ter­ror­ists be­hind the Mu­nich mas­sacre of the Is­raeli Olympic team in 1972. In Au­gust, a video emerged of him speak­ing at a 2013 event, dur­ing which he said of Bri­tish “Zion­ists”: “They clearly have two prob­lems. One is they don’t want to study his­tory, and se­condly, hav­ing lived in this coun­try for a very long time, prob­a­bly all their lives, they don’t un­der­stand English irony ei­ther.”

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