British Chief Rabbi 'Deeply Concerned' Over Labour's anti-Semitism

Citing the 'apparent indifference' of Labour's leader Corbyn toward anti-Semitism among the party's ranks, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvais calls the rise in anti-Semitism a 'deep cause for concern.'

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ahead of his speech during the Durham Miners' Gala on the old Racecourse in Durham, England, July 9, 2016.
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U.K. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis testified on Thursday to a parliamentary inquiry that he's worried about a recent rise in anti-Semitism in the Labour party, calling it a “deep cause for concern,” The Jewish Chronicle reported.

Mirvis said that since Jeremy Corbyn had become the party's leader, members were more open and confident in expressing anti-Semitic feelings, citing Corbyn's “apparent indifference” toward anti-Semitism among Labour's ranks.

Mirvis said findings of a report last month clearing Labour of alleged anti-Semitism were “disappointing” and that he could not understand why the report had excluded details of alleged anti-Jewish sentiment at the Oxford University Labour Club.

"One wonders, what is there to hide? The outstanding track record of the Labour Party leads us to have added concerns, why has there been a shift in the recent past? We need to encourage the party to get back on track,” Mirvis said, according to the Chronicle.

Worried about a rise in hate crimes in Britain since the Brexit referendum, Mirvis also urged social media outlets to filter out anti-Semitic remarks from their sites.