Board of Deputies condemns trade unionist’s use of antisemitic trope

The President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, has condemned trade union leader Len McCluskey for comments he made on a TV show that senior Labour Party figure Peter Mandelson should go into a room and “count his gold”.

Marie said “We are deeply concerned that the leader of one of the most powerful Trade Unions in this country would go on television and use an antisemitic trope dating back to medieval times. Whilst noting that Mr McCluskey has now apologised, this serves to demonstrate just how deeply the language of antisemitism has become rooted among those who would no doubt describe themselves as being proudly anti-racist.”

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