Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly refused to apologise to Jewish people in Britain after the chief rabbi criticised his handling of antisemitism cases.He faced a string of questions following Ephraim Mirvis’s comments, calling the Labour leader’s claims to be tackling antisemitism a “mendacious fiction” and alleging “a new poison – sanctioned from the very top – has taken root”.Urging people to “vote with their conscience” at the general election on 12 December, Mr Mirvis said: “Be in no doubt – the very soul of our nation is at stake.”In an interview with Andrew Neil for the BBC, Mr Corbyn was confronted with several of the statements made by Labour Party members, including one who suggested the number killed in the Holocaust was wrong, and asked if they were antisemitic.He dodged the opportunity four times to apologise to the British Jewish community for the party’s handling of the issue – and instead said a Labour government would protect all communities from the abuse they receive. Advertisement Confronted about Mr Mirvis’s comments in the interview, the Labour leader said: “No, he’s not right. Because he would have to produce the evidence to say that’s mendacious.”He also denied that the problem had got worse… Read full this story
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