Labour Response To Facebook Anti-Semitism 'Totally Inadequate', Campaigners Say

11 March, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Jason Torres
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In one thread, a member comments "I$3 am reading Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler] ... everybody should be forced to read it, especially Jews who have their own agenda as to why they were not liked", reported the Jewish Press.

"I removed myself from the group in 2015".

However, the reason why this particular Facebook group is in the news is because David Collier, an independent blogger who devotes his time to cataloguing the wilder excesses of the anti-Israel movement, spent several weeks researching and analysing what goes on in the group: and the anti-Semitism he found should worry everyone, whether they support Israel, Palestine, both or neither.

Mr Corbyn confirmed he was signed up to the group without his knowledge but later exchanged messages on it.

Group members used terms like "JewNazi", and "ZioNazi", and discussed conspiracy theories about the Rothschild family and Israel's involvement in the 9/11 and November 2015 Paris terror attacks. "Obviously, any antisemitic comment is wrong".

Speaking at a fringe event hosted by the Scottish Labour for the Single Market campaign, Mr Murray said: "I'm disappointed that the Labour party is not making this argument - immigration is good for the United Kingdom and Scotland and we have to be fearless enough to stand up and make that point".

Mr Murray said he believed the Labour front bench was the biggest impediment to getting single market membership into the Brexit bill but added: "The country is with us, Labour party membership is with us".

A spokesman for Corbyn said: "Jeremy Corbyn and the whole Labour Party campaigns against and condemns anti-Semitism in all its forms. Any antisemitism in any form is wrong".

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"We also need to be clear, we could not accept a situation where we were subject to all European Union rules and European Union law, yet had no say in making those laws".

"I don't think anyone is suggesting that anything that Jeremy has written in any Facebook group or anywhere else constitutes antisemitic comments", he said.

But, a senior source within the Labour leader's office insisted Mr McDonnell's comments were "not right".

Addressing the controversy surrounding relations with the Opposition for the first time in an interview marking his 70th birthday today, the peer said: "Any political party has to adopt a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism".

When asked what he would say to Mr Corbyn if he sat down with him, Lord Sacks said: "I would want to see clearer signs of resolute action by a party and its leader before I would even sit down with them full stop".

Jeremy Corbyn entrenched his position against staying in the single market as Labour's leadership moved to block a party vote on the issue.

"We strengthened our rules previous year to guarantee there is no place in Labour for prejudice or bigotry". Our party has deep roots in the Jewish community and is actively engaged with Jewish organisations across the country.

Mr Corbyn has been criticised for failing to demand that Theresa May fights to keep the United Kingdom inside the single market, with many Labour supporters believing a soft Brexit would be less damaging.


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