ADL Stands in Solidarity With UK Jewish Community in Protest Against Labour's 'Tolerance of Anti-Semitism'

New York, NY, March 26, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) stands in solidarity with the Board of British Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council in the United Kingdom in their demands to end tolerance for anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

We stand in solidarity with the British Jewish community in their demands to end tolerance for anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party. We understand their frustration with Jeremy Corbyn’s repeated failure to listen to the community’s concerns when it comes to the far left’s obsessive hatred of Zionism and Israel.

Corbyn’s many statements opposing anti-Semitism are contradicted by his failure time and again to act against those who engage in anti-Semitism. It is high time for the British Labour Party to recognize that they have a serious problem with Jews and Israel.

We hope the British public at large will come out in force at today’s demonstration to show broad rejection of anti-Semitism and support for the Jewish community.

In an open letter, the Jewish community of Great Britain said it had had enough of hearing that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “opposes anti-Semitism” while the mainstream majority of British Jews, and their concerns, are ignored by him and those he leads. The statement cited Corbyn’s support for the artist who created a blatantly anti-Semitic mural, his expression of friendship with Hezbollah and Hamas, and his standing with those who support blatantly anti-Semitic views as a pattern that finds him siding with anti-Semites “again and again.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.