The UK Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn is reportedly considering appointing a “minister for Jews” as a go-between to work with the party and the community to build bridges and encourage dialogue.
The British Jewish Chronicle, “rumors” of such a measure were emanating from the Corbyn camp for the past 48 hours. According to the report, a “minister for Muslims” could also be in the offing.
The relationship between Corbyn and the British Jewish community has been fraught with tensions and it is not clear if such a proposal could work or who would lead it.
British Jews have repeatedly expressed concern over what they say are Corbyn’s close relationship with anti-Semitic views: Holocaust deniers and pro-Palestinian including terror organization Hamas and Hezbollah.
From the Jewish Chronicle:
So what happens now?
What was not so long ago unthinkable has come to pass. Now the hard work really begins – both for the Labour Party and British Jews.
Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader will raise tough questions about the future of the relationship.
After five years of the deeply damaging, fractious life with Ed Miliband, many in the community will see his successor as someone who they are even less likely to be able to work with. (Read the full story here)