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    Labour Denies Claims Corbyn's Meeting With Jewish Groups Was 'Disappointing'

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    The Labour Party has been mired in a scandal over allegations of anti-Semitism being rampant within the party, leading to the straining of relations between the party, especially leader Jeremy Corbyn, and a number of Jewish groups.

    Talks were held on Tuesday between Jeremy Corbyn and representatives from two Jewish groups to were described as “not good” and “disappointing” by the groups, via a joint statement. Corbyn reportedly rejected all proposals presented to him by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC.)

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    “He [Jeremy Corbyn] failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for in our letter to him of 28th March. We are disappointed that Mr Corbyn’s proposals fell short of the minimum level of action which our letter suggested,” the groups said in a joint statement.

    "Our sole objective from this meeting was to build trust with Mr. Corbyn, but this will not be possible until and unless he and the party turn their many strong words against antisemitism into equally strong actions in order to bring about a deep cultural change in his supporters’ attitude to Jews,” the statement continued.

    However, the JC reported that informed sources in the Labour party said the meeting was “positive and constructive, serious and good humored."

    The sources also said the leaders of the aforementioned Jewish groups singled out the “misuse of the term Zionism” as a key issue which needs to be addressed to restore the Jewish community’s trust in the party.  

    "Every excuse given by Mr Corbyn and his team was wrapped up in process… We had a lot of words but no action," JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein said following the meeting on April 24.

    A number of party members have been suspended for making anti-Semitic remarks or for sharing anti-Semitic content on social media, with many more under investigation.

    With Corbyn rejecting all of the additional proposed measures, it’s unclear what he plans to do to contain and tackle the scandal. Although the crisis has plagued the Labour Party since 2016, it is becoming a growing problem and risks spiraling out of control.

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    crisis, anti-Semitism, Labour Anti-Semitism Crisis, Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), Labour party, Jonathan Goldstein, Jeremy Corbyn, United Kingdom, London
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