Corbyn attends event with group calling for Israel's destruction

Labour UK leader embroiled in yet another anti-Semitism scandal after attending Passover event held by radical anti-Israel Jewish group.

David Rosenberg,

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn
Russell Cheyne, REUTERS

Embattled Labour UK chief Jeremy Corbyn was roiled by yet another scandal, after it was revealed that Corbyn attended an event hosted by a virulently anti-Israel group which dismissed claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, and derided Jewish critics of the Labour.

As first revealed by the Guido Fawkes blog, on Monday, Corbyn attended an “alternative” Passover Seder hosted by the radical anti-Israel “Jewdas” organization in Islington.

The far-left group has in the past called for the destruction of the State of Israel, describing the Jewish state as a “steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of.”

Jewdas has also hosted a fringe-left alternative to the popular Birthright Trips to Israel, dubbing its trips to Spain “Birthwrong”.

Corbyn spent several hours at the Jewdas event in Islington Monday, during which participants shouted “F*** capitalism” and mocked a recent protest against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

A spokesman for Corbyn admitted that the Labour UK leader had attended the Jewdas event, but said Corbyn had participated in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of his party.

Nevertheless, some members of the Labour Party blasted Corbyn over his attendance, arguing that it undermined the fight against anti-Semitism.

“This is deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community days after they pleaded with him to tackle anti-Semitism,” tweeted Labour MP John Woodcock. “And he must know that meeting them now will give his members the message that the group’s extreme views are ok. Irresponsible and dangerous.”

Fellow Labour MP Angela Smith also criticized Corbyn, saying his involvement with Jewdas “reads as a blatant dismissal of the case made for tackling anti-Semitism in Labour.”

Last week, thousands of protesters took to the streets to condemn Corbyn over his failure to confront anti-Semitism within his own party, under the banner “Enough is Enough”.

The Labour leader acknowledged that his party had failed to properly confront anti-Semitism within its own ranks, promising to ‘do better’.

“We in the Labour movement will never be complacent about anti-Semitism. We all need to do better,” he acknowledged, before adding, “I am committed to ensuring the Labour Party is a welcoming and secure place for Jewish people…In the fight against anti-Semitism, I am your ally and I always will be.”

Days later, Corbyn’s personal Facebook account disappeared, following criticism after it was revealed Corbyn had been a member of several social media groups used to spread anti-Semitic propaganda.

In the past, Corbyn was criticized for referring to the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah as his "friends" and for refusing to condemn the groups despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Sir David Garrard, one of the British Labour Party’s major donors, had left the party over its failure to deal with “the most blatant acts of anti-Semitism.”








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