Cor­byn claps ‘take apart Is­rael’ speech

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

THE BOARD of Deputies has con­demned Jeremy Cor­byn af­ter footage emerged of the Labour leader nod­ding in agree­ment with the state­ment that “Zion­ism and the state of Is­rael has noth­ing to do with the re­li­gion Ju­daism”.

The footage, pub­lished by “The Golem” Twit­ter ac­count, shows Mr Cor­byn at a 2011 con­fer­ence in London, ap­plaud­ing a speech by Yis­roel Dovid Weiss, a mem­ber of the fringe Ne­turei Karta Cha­sidic group, which be­lieves the es­tab­lish­ment of any Jewish state be­fore the com­ing of the Messiah is for­bid­den.

Mr Weiss also called for Is­rael to be “dis­man­tled” and called it a “Zion­ist state that has kid­napped the name of Ju­daism”.

Board of Deputies Pres­i­dent Marie van der Zyl said: “The list of things for which Jeremy Cor­byn needs to apol­o­gise to Jews and Is­raelis grows and grows.

“Ap­plaud­ing a speaker call­ing for Is­rael to be dis­man­tled is en­dors­ing yet an­other ex­trem­ist po­si­tion.”

In 2006, Mr Weiss at­tended the Ira­nian regime’s ‘In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence to Re­view the Global Vi­sion of the Holo­caust’ along­side Neo-Nazis such as David Duke and in­fa­mous Holo­caust de­niers and re­vi­sion­ists in­clud­ing Robert Fau­ris­son, Ger­ald Fredrick Töben and Michèle Re­nouf.

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