U.K's Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Claims He Has Some Jewish Ancestry

Controversial politician who has been accused of anti-Semitism says he has a 'Jewish element' in his background.

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The new leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn waves after making his inaugural speech at the Queen Elizabeth Centre in central London, September 12, 2015.Credit: Reuters
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The new leader of Britain’s Labor party who has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism said he has some Jewish ancestry.

Jeremy Corbyn told The Church Times that while his immediate family is Christian, he has a “Jewish element” in his background, the United Kingdom’s Jewish News reported.

In the interview with the Christian publication, he described himself as “not anti-religious at all,” adding, “I go to churches, I go to mosques, I go to temples, I go to synagogues. I find religion very interesting. I find the power of faith very interesting.”

Corbyn’s election earlier this month has generated unprecedented concern in British Jewry’s ranks, where many resent his Israel-critical views and endorsement of anti-Semitic enemies of the Jewish state, including Islamist militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.