Corbyn anti-Semitism meeting ‘disappointing’, Jewish leaders say

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A meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss anti-Semitism in the Labour Party was a “disappointing, missed opportunity”, Jewish leaders have said.

The Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies of British Jews said the Labour leader did not agree to any of the concrete actions they asked for.

They want disciplinary cases speeded up and Mr Corbyn to use his “personal authority” to drive cultural change.

“I am absolutely committed to rooting out anti-Semitism,” Mr Corbyn said.

The Labour leader had been accused of not taking the issue seriously enough by Jewish groups and some of his own MPs, who took part in a protest in Parliament Square last month.

The Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies wrote to Mr Corbyn following the demonstration to suggest “areas of action”.

After a meeting with Mr Corbyn, which lasted more than two hours, the organisations said in a statement: “We are disappointed that Mr Corbyn’s proposals fell short of the minimum level of action which our letter suggested.

“Words in letters and newspaper articles will never be enough. We welcome the fact that Mr Corbyn’s words have changed but it is action by which the Jewish community will judge him and the Labour Party.”

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