|Jeremy Corbyn, Rabbi Mirvin. Source: Jerusalem Post|
Britain's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said that Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to serve because of how he, Corbyn, handles anti-Semitism. You can read Rabbi Mirvis' editorial in the Times here
In his editorial, Mirvis acknowledges that the Chief Rabbi must stay away from politics. But Corbyn's apparent friendliness to anti-Semitism caused him to change his mind.
Rabbi Mirvis wrote:
"The Jewish community has watched with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism. Even as they received threats, the response of the Labour leadership was utterly inadequate. We have endured quibbling and prevarication over whether the party should adopt the most widely accepted definition of antisemitism. Now we await the outcome of a formal investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into whether discrimination by the party against Jews has become an institutional problem.
The claims that the party is "doing everything" it reasonably can to tackle anti-Jewish racism and that it has "investigated every single case", are a mendacious fiction. According to the Jewish Labour Movement, there are at least 130 outstanding cases before the party, some dating back years, and thousands more have been reported but remain unresolved. The party leadership have never understood that their failure is not just one of procedure, which can be remedied with additional staff or new processes. It is a failure to see this as a human problem rather than a political one. It is a failure of culture. It is a failure of leadership. A new poison - sanctioned from the top - has taken root in the Labour Party."
You can read New York Times coverage of Rabbi Mirvis' column here