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Corbyn-supporting Jewish activist gets threatening phone calls

JEWISH activist Shraga Stern, who organised a letter of support for Jeremy Corbyn against accusations of anti-semitism, claimed today to have received threatening phone calls.

Mr Stern circulated the letter for approval to rabbis of the Charedi Orthodox group within the Jewish faith.

Thirty-four rabbis from the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations signed the letter supporting the Labour leader and condemning the attacks on him, including those by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Mr Stern informed the Board of Deputies that Jewish people from his group, the Charedim, plan to mount a protest at the board’s annual dinner in November.

The protest is to be against the board’s claim to represent all Jewish people in Britain.

He said that since then he has received thinly veiled threats over the phone and that there has been pressure from the board calling on him to cancel the protest.

“People call me and warn me that the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) is after me or make other ‘warnings’ to be careful’,” he said.

"A couple have explicitly said that the Board of Deputies is a powerful body and I shouldn’t go against them.

“I’ve told them I’d rather die with the truth than live with a lie.

“But not all of the messages have been threatening. Some just ask what I want in return for stopping the demonstration.

“I replied that, if they tell the truth that they represent maybe 20 per cent of pro-Israel Jews, then there’s no need to protest.”

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