Corbyn Finally Apologizes for Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party

LONDON -
Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives to speak outside University of London, in London, Tuesday. (Reuters/Lisi Niesner)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn finally apologized for anti-Jewish hatred within his party’s ranks in an appearance on ITV news channel on Tuesday.

The apology came a week after he passed up several opportunities to apologize to the Jewish community while being interviewed by Andrew Neil.

Corbyn was pressed on the matter during an appearance on ITV on Tuesday.

Corbyn said: “Our party and me [sic] do not accept anti-Semitism in any form, obviously I’m very sorry for everything that’s happened but I want to make this clear, I am dealing with it, I have dealt with it.

“Other parties are also affected by anti-Semitism, candidates have been withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives and by us because of it, we just do not accept it in any form whatsoever.”

Asked by interviewer Andrew Neil if he wanted to apologize for Labour anti-Semitism, Corbyn replied: “What I’ll say is this. I am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. I don’t want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society and our government will protect every community.”

The row erupted last week after U.K. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis branded Corbyn “unfit for high office” and called on Britons to “vote with their conscience” in the Dec. 12 poll.

Corbyn also stressed that since becoming Labour leader, he had introduced processes to deal with anti-Semitism which previously did not exist in the party.