A newspaper editor claims Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic for calling out inequality

Jeremy Corbyn
James Wright

Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard has backtracked after taking the anti-Corbyn smear campaign to a dangerous level.

“Labour is a threat to a damaging and failed system”

The Labour leader posted a video calling out a “rigged” economic system and bankers’ bonuses:

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Since 2009, the top 1,000 families in the UK have increased their fortune by over 155%. Meanwhile, real wages for ordinary people fell 10.4% between 2007 and 2015.

But Pollard suggested that Corbyn was actually talking about an elite Jewish conspiracy in the video:

Facing a huge backlash on social media, Pollard backtracked:

Not credible?

Pollard’s Jewish Chronicle has relentlessly published articles accusing Labour of antisemitism. But the smears against Corbyn heavily rely on misrepresentation.

For example, the Jewish Chronicle suggested Corbyn hosted an antisemitic event in parliament in 2010, because speakers compared the actions of Israel to the Nazis. But at the meeting, a Jewish Holocaust survivor was addressing a room of predominantly Jewish people.

It’s also worth noting that Pollard’s recent backtracking is not the only incident that has cast doubt on his credibility. In August 2018, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) ruled that the Jewish Chronicle made a false allegation of antisemitism against prominent blogger Mike Sivier.

“Clearly unfit” to be editor

On social media, Pollard faced widespread criticism for equating attacking the neoliberal establishment with antisemitism:

We are in very dangerous territory. The editor of a mainstream newspaper has publicly equated criticising inequality with antisemitism. It’s imperative that we call that out.

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