Jeremy Corbyn came under attack for anti-Semitism yesterday, during the launch of the Shami Chakrabarti report into racism and anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
His comment that Jewish people should not be equated with the state of Israel, nor Muslims with terrorist organisations like Daesh/Islamic State was taken out of context and presented as an example of the very anti-Semitism he had been hoping to prevent.
Ms Chakrabarti later explained the issue in an interview at radio station LBC:
Jeremy Corbyn sparked more reaction when his comments were reported as linking the Israeli government to Islamic State.
Chakrabarti also dealt with that, saying: “I learned something today.
“I’ll take my chances in the broadcast media…if things get spun in print, whether in the old-fashioned papers or online. Trust your ears or your eyes…it’s harder to spin in broadcast than it is in words.
“I read the leader’s speech five minutes before we went into the main room…I listened very carefully to what he said.
“He reflected my report.”
“His point was: when you have Jewish neighbours or friends, or Muslim neighbours or friends and something bad happens in the world, don’t ask them to be the first to explain or defend or condemn.
“It’s not their fault. They are feeling just as bad as you.”
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