Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo promised a group of Jewish leaders in New York that the Trump administration will protect British Jews if virulent anti-Semite and head of Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn is elected Prime Minister.
Although elections are scheduled for 2022, there is speculation that snap elections could be held earlier, this comes in the aftermath of Theresa May’s resignation. Pompeo stated that the White House is very aware of Britain’s Jewish community fears “It could be that Mr. Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected.” He continued “It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best. It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”
Jews have been living in the UK since at least 1070 AD and represent 0.4% of the population.
During his diplomatic trip to the UK, President Trump declined a meeting with Corbyn, describing him as ‘somewhat of a negative force.” In an act of duplicity, Corbyn delivered a fiery speech against Trump’s policies despite having requested such a meeting.
Last week, former UK PM and long-time Labour leader Tony Blair , speaking to an audience in Tel Aviv admitted that Corbyn was “an anti-Semite.” He conveyed his dismay at the current state of affairs of his former party to the Israelis “To be frank, this anti-Semitism row, it’s a shameful thing.”
A Labour spokesman responded that the party was “fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and is implacably opposed to antisemitism in any form.”
Despite this statement, multiple complaints about individual Labour members’ anti-Semitic rhetoric have gone unchecked. Corbyn and the other Party members have both faced a string of scandals involving anti-Semitism and accusations of bigotry recently.
The Labour leader has described proscribed terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” when inviting members for a parliamentary meeting in 2009. Last year it emerged that in 2014, Corbyn attended a ceremony that honored the terrorists behind the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre. His excuse was, “I was present when [a wreath] was laid, I don’t think I was actually involved in it.” Many more incidents including Holocaust denial, Rothschild conspiracy theories and actual calls for violence against Jews have all been part and parcel of the political party under his leadership.
A June 2018 poll showed that an overwhelming 86% of British Jews believe Corbyn is anti-Semitic, also 38.6% said they would consider emigrating if Corbyn were elected to office. There has been an increase in aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel) from Europe in general lately and many cite anti-Semitism as a driving factor for this unfortunate trend.
Either way, as anti-Jew hate rises in UK and Europe as a whole, members of the tribe find solace knowing that apart form Israel being life insurance, President Trump has proven once again that he will stand with the Jewish people no matter where they live and no matter what happens these dark times.