Earlier this month, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that the Jewish Chronicle (JC) had quietly amended its claim that a letter supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and signed by twenty-nine leading Orthodox rabbis, which had been published on this blog, was fake.
This blog then revealed that conclusive evidence of the letter’s authenticity had been in the JC’s possession days before it eventually admitted publicly to having it, only after a challenge by the SKWAWKBOX.
The JC’s original claim that the letter was fake was based, in part, on a supposed comment by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC) – the organisation to which the rabbis belong – that the letter was ‘fake news’
However, according to a leading official of the UOHC, this is not what he told the Jewish Chronicle.
The SKWAWKBOX has seen an email sent to a large number of Charedi (Orthodox) recipients – the board of the UOHC – by a well-known Charedi rabbi who had spoken to the ‘safra d’dayna’ (secretary) of the UOHC to clarify the situation. That email informed them what the secretary, also a rabbi, had said about his discussion with the JC.
According to the secretary, he had informed the newspaper that the letter was not an “official notice of the [UOHC] rabbinate” – as indeed was the case, since the rabbis signed on their own behalf rather than as a body – but that he made no comment at all about its authenticity.
The SKWAWKBOX wrote on Wednesday to the editor of the JC:
I have information indicating that the UOHC did not call the rabbis’ letter about Jeremy Corbyn fake news but simply said it was not an official statement by the organisation – understandably, as the rabbis were signing on their own behalf.
Why did the JC state that the UOHC had described the letter as ‘fake news’?
No response has been received.
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