- The Labour leader finally responded to multiple accusations of anti-Semitism in a newspaper article,but was criticised for appearing to lift two key passages from a previous article he published in April.
- Two passages from the Guardian piece published on Friday are almost identical to ones published in an Evening Standard article.
- Critics also pointed out that Corbyn timed the article to be published online on Friday evening for a Saturday newspaper, meaning that observant Jews – who are bound to observe Sabbath – would not be able to engage with the article until Sunday.
LONDON – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appears to have copied-and-pasted two passages from a previous article he published in his latest apology for anti-Semitism within the Labour party.
After a week of allegations of anti-Semitism, the Labour leader finally broke his silence on Friday afternoon and published a piece in the Guardian newspaper in which he pledged to “driv[e] antisemitism out of the party for good” and rebuild trust with the Jewish community.
Parts of the article bore striking similarities to a previous article on anti-Semitism which he penned for the Evening Standard in April, however.
Critics said the behaviour reflected the Labour leadership’s lax attitude towards allegations of anti-Semitism.
“Corbyn’s article is literally just copied and pasted from one in April,” said Oliver Cooper, a Conservative councillor in Camden.
“While Britain’s Jewish community is frightened for its future, he doesn’t even care enough to get his team to write a new article.”
Critics also pointed out that Corbyn timed the article to be published online on Friday evening for a Saturday newspaper, meaning that observant Jews – who are bound to observe Sabbath – would not be able to engage with the article until Sunday.
“So keen is Corbyn to engage with Jews that he publishes this (awful) piece on a Friday night, for a Saturday paper,” wrote Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle. “So not a single observant Jew can engage with it.”
The Labour party was contacted for comment.
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