Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Jeremy Corbyn criticised by Scottish colleagues for immigration remarks

Jeremy Corbyn criticised by Scottish colleagues for immigration remarks

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.

The UK Labour Party confirmed this week it is investigating as many as six party members for their involvement in a secret Facebook group that trafficked in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial, and other ideologies promoted by racist sources such as the Daily Stormer.

"Obviously, any anti-Semitic comment is wrong".

Mr Corbyn was a member of the Palestinian rights group before he became Labour leader in 2015 - but there is no suggestion he made anti-Semitic posts.

Mr Corbyn said Labour should not be held back from stopping privatisation, or preventing employers from importing "cheap agency labour to undercut existing pay and conditions, in the name of free market orthodoxy".

According to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, the group allegedly included discussions of conspiracy myths about the Rothschild family and supposed Israeli involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as links to material produced by neo-Nazi groups.

"If any of those individuals are associated or members of the Labour Party, we will take firm action against them", he said. It is appalling and we will not accept it.

"I don't think anyone is suggesting that anything that Jeremy has written in any Facebook group or anywhere else constitutes anti-Semitic comments".

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This doesn't mean that most of the members of this group are anti-Semitic, any more than most people who sympathise with the Palestinians are anti-Semitic.

Mr Corbyn was described as "not an active participant" of the group and merely replied to a small number of messages he was tagged in and received notifications about.

Jacqueline Walker, the former Momentum steering group member who is suspended from Labour for comments calling Jewish people "the main financiers of the slave trade", is also a member.

In response to the suspensions, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks called on Labour to "adopt a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism".

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".

On Wednesday, when Corbyn's membership of the group was first revealed, his spokesman said Corbyn would "take whatever necessary action to stamp [antisemitism] out in the Labour party".

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