Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

UK Labour officials are in Facebook groups with anti-Semitic content

UK Labour officials are in Facebook groups with anti-Semitic content

Corbyn's leadership also has been criticized by longtime Labour activist David Garrard, a major donor.

Last week, Corbyn apologised for arguing on Facebook in 2012 against the removal of an anti-Semitic mural that depicted a group of Jewish men playing Monopoly on the backs of a group of emaciated people.

The allegations have been made in the Sunday Times, which claims at least 12 members of staff working for the Labour leader and shadow Chancellor are associated with these Facebook groups.

"We must make amends and fix the damage with the Jewish community as Jeremy Corbyn has promised to do", Izzard said.

The senior Labour official at the centre of a bitter anti-Semitism row, has said she is stepping down from the party's ruling body.

The personal social media account of Labour UK leader Jeremy Corbyn was deactivated, following criticism of Corbyn's defense of anti-Semitic caricatures, and revelations that Corbyn's account was a member of social media groups used to spread anti-Semitic propaganda. "As one of the former leading political and financial supporters of the Labour party, of which I was a member for so many decades, I no longer feel any affinity with, or connection to, what it seems to have become", he said.

He said his decision was due to his "dismay and foreboding" over the way the party's leadership has conducted itself.

He said the issue had to be dealt with "for the good of the people Labour seeks to represent".

Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to "delete and disown" a tweet showing a mocked-up image of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sat beside Adolf Hitler.

"There is a problem with Christine Shawcroft who tried to hold up an inquiry into someone accused of Holocaust denial and then said the accusations were whipped up against Jeremy", he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"I recognise the hurt that's felt within the community and that's why I responded immediately with an invitation to the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies to come and meet me".

Although she has since said that she was "deeply sorry" to the way she handled the complaint of Holocaust denial and that she will not stand again for the NEC when her post comes up for re-election in the summer, Mr Watson said she should go now.

Corbyn had been enjoying a relative lull after an nearly constant media spotlight on cases of alleged anti-Semitism within Labour's ranks through 2016 and 2017. "It doesn't work if we're suspending several people a week", the report quoted a party veteran as saying.

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