This idea that anti semitism is something new in Labour since Corbyn came to be leader is utter nonsense. Itís always been there (albeit a tiny fraction particularly when compared to anti semetism and islamaphobia in the Conservative Party). Iím not saying that itís ok that it exists but where was the outrage when it was there under Blair, or Brown, or Miliband? Sadly despite the best efforts of many it hasnít yet been driven out, it is being though, slowly but surely. Itís only front and centre now as a stick to beat the leadership with, and itís a stick that only works because people equate criticism of Israel with anti semitism (a position I would argue is itself anti semetic) and Jeremy Corbyn is (rightly) critical of Israel. Heís equally critical of Saudi Arabia by the way, but thatís never front and centre because it doesnít fit the narrative.
And that was the issue with the IHRA definition of anti semitism. It equates criticism of Israel with anti semitism. I donít know what the NECís decision was on that in the end but note that it was the NECís decision; not Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour Party is not a dictatorship of one man but a democratic political party.
Do I think heís handled this situation well? Good god no I think heís been asleep at the wheel. Does that make him personally anti semetic? Also no and his record of standing up for Jewish people stands as testament to that.
As for the Chief Rabbi heís a lifelong Tory and personal friend of Boris Johnson. He also doesnít speak for the entire Jewish community, a little over half so a significant amount certainly but not all.