On June 9, 1983, buried in the news of the landslide victory that returned Margaret Thatcher to 10 Downing Street for a second term, Jeremy Corbyn was elected to Parliament. Outside the confines of the tight circle of far-left activists with whom he had spent most of his adult life, Corbyn was largely unknown and would remain so through most of the next three decades until his shock election as leader of the Labour Party in September 2015.
Even so, on that June day, one Jewish member of the local party in north London, which had chosen Corbyn as its candidate, had already seen enough. Philip Kleinman, a columnist for the Jewish Chronicle, published an article in the Evening Standard saying that, thanks to Corbyn’s backing for policies that would effectively mean the “destruction of Israel,” he would not be voting Labour. Kleinman was expelled as a member by Labour. He wouldn’t be the last Jew forced from the party due to Corbyn and his agenda.