British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was “bored, uninterested and condescending” when he met with Jewish leaders last month to discuss the anti-Semitism which is engulfing his left-wing party.
This is just one of the damning observations contained in a leaked account of his meeting with the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) and the Jewish Leadership Council at his Commons office four weeks ago.
The Labour leader is also described as lacking the “emotional or intellectual ability” to comprehend their demands for more action to tackle the problem.
The document was drawn up by a Jewish leader at the meeting, as Mr. Corbyn was asked to hold his party to account for years of anti-Semitic abuse and undermining of those of the Jewish faith within Labour Party ranks, the Daily Mail reports. The document states:
[Mr Corbyn’s] body language was hard to read. He was not especially animated. It may have been pensive, or bored and uninterested.
He replied with pre-prepared statements in a monotone. It suggested an emotional, political or intellectual inability to improvise suitable responses.
Most of the time he had his chin on his hand and a facial expression somewhere between scepticism, concentration and non-interest.
The withering appraisal of Mr. Corbyn followed recent anti-Labour protests by members of the UK Jewish community.
#EnoughIsEnough We call on members of our community and all those who oppose antisemitism to join us in Parliament Square at 5:30pm to show solidarity. https://t.co/S2nHp2a971 pic.twitter.com/lApuawcNrw
— The JLC (@JLC_uk) March 25, 2018
Polling supports that analysis, revealing that British Jews have been abandoning the Labour Party since the election of Mr. Corbyn, and a recent survey documented that four in five believe that Labour harbours anti-Semites in its ranks.
The criticism comes despite a 2016 investigation by the Labour Party, headed by Shami Chakrabarti, that found no indication of institutional anti-Semitism within Labour. Her report led to Jewish community leaders calling the findings a “whitewash” and a “fraud”.
Chakrabarti was nominated for a peerage by Mr. Corbyn just a few weeks afterwards.
A Labour spokesman responded to the Mail’s report, saying “Jeremy made clear [at the meeting] his absolute commitment to rooting out anti-Semitism from our party.”
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