UK Jewish Groups Slam Corbyn Over Remarks on Gaza Border Deaths

UK Jewish groups have taken Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to task after he called Britain’s lack of support for an independent probe of recent deaths in Hamas-orchestrated riots on the Israel-Gaza Strip border “morally indefensible.”

Sheila Gewolb — senior vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews — said on Wednesday, “Every country has the right to defend its own borders. Jeremy Corbyn’s statement failed to show any appreciation for the threats that Israel faces, nor for the fact that terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad have admitted that many of those on the front line were their own operatives, under order to breach the border fence and ‘tear out the hearts’ of Israeli civilians living on the other side.”

“If Mr. Corbyn wants to be a credible peace broker he has got to show that he understands Israel’s security needs,” Gewolb continued. “He also has to answer the question about what he would do if hundreds of members of a terrorist organization like Daesh were trying to breach a UK border fence, under orders to kill British citizens.”

Paul Charney — chairman of the British Zionist Federation (ZF) — said, “The ZF is disappointed but sadly not surprised by Mr. Corbyn’s statement on Gaza that was read at the small demonstration yesterday. To make a statement about Gaza on the day that acres and acres of Israeli land had been burnt by rioters launching firebombs attached to kites, with no mention of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Egypt, or the continued attempt to breach Israel’s border from below ground and above is exactly as Mr. Corbyn said, ‘morally indefensible.’”

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