Jews desert Labour:
Recent surveys clearly reflect a growing alarm over Mr Corbyn’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism in his party. Though Labour has in the past been seen as the natural home for Britain’s Jewish community, latest polls show that 93 per cent of them won’t be voting for Jeremy Corbyn’s party in the general election. Nearly 40 per cent of British Jews would “seriously consider emigrating” if he became Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, an overwhelming 78 per cent of British Jews would prefer a no-deal Brexit over the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister, a poll for the Jewish Chronicle confirmed.
However, 42 per cent said they could vote for the party with a new leader.
Another poll reveals that 64 per cent of Jews have indicated that they will be voting Conservative, 24 per cent Liberal Democrat and just 6 per cent for Labour.
Labour rout predicted:
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair predicted an electoral rout for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism.
Addressing the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the ex-Labour leader said: “Let me be frank, there is going to be a complete battle in the Labour Party because what has happened over these past years – particularly over anti-Semitism – is absolutely killing the party”.
Candidate’s “pig” jibe
Labour candidate Salma Yaqoob, who has persistently demonised the Jewish state online, has claimed in a video that Israelis have “for years pretended to be European” and referred to the Jewish state as a “pig”, a common anti-Semitic trope.
A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn, who has in the past praised her as a “hero” and a “fantastic activist”, “defended [Corbyn’s] comments and heaped fresh praise on her,” according to the Daily Mail.