As the SKWAWKBOX broke exclusively last week, forcing the Jewish Chronicle to follow, Charedi (Orthodox) Jews are planning to protest at the annual dinner of the Board of Deputies (BoD) in November.
The aim of the Charedi protest is to express their anger that the BoD claims to represent all the UK’s Jewish people, when in fact the Charedim – now estimated to number around 67,000 – represent around a quarter of this country’s Jewish population and have no vote or representation.
Leading Charedi rabbis recently signed a letter condemning smears against Jeremy Corbyn. The BoD has been vocal in its attacks on the Labour leader. The letter was immediately attacked as fake, but proven to be genuine – a fact only properly acknowledged by the Chronicle after this blog challenged the paper on its failure to publish evidence it held.
Another prominent Charedi activist wrote a letter to the Chronicle in which he underscored his community’s widely-held feeling that,
Jeremy is a long friend and neighbour of the Charedi community here and everyone who knows him personally says that he loves Jews and is against real anti-Semitism
The Jewish Chronicle did not publish the letter.
Now the SKWAWKBOX can reveal that in an emergency meeting-cum-conference call this morning, the BoD – which has been frantically calling Charedi leaders since news of the planned protest broke – has agreed to apply all possible pressure to the UOHC (Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations), whose leading rabbis signed the letter in support of Jeremy Corbyn, to try to prevent the protest taking place.
The BoD has been contacted for comment.
The BoD’s consternation about the demonstration – which would bring the challenge to their representative claims into the public eye – appears considerable.
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