Britain’s Labour Party has come under fire again in the latest anti-Semitism row involving the UK’s second largest party, after supporters flooded Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn’s official Facebook page with anti-Semitic comments pushing back on claims of anti-Jewish bigotry within the party.
Representatives of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council criticized Corbyn following their meeting, saying that he had failed to adopt any of the recommendations made by Jewish leaders to confront anti-Semitism within Labour.
"We welcomed Mr. Corbyn's personal involvement in the discussion and his new comments recognizing and apologizing for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but he failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for," the two groups said in a joint statement.
Following the meeting, supporters of the Labour Party took to Corbyn’s official Facebook page to criticize Jewish leaders over the allegations of anti-Semitism.
According to British media outlets, hundreds of posts made since the meeting last week were blatantly anti-Semitic in nature. A report by The Sun claimed that many of the anti-Semitic posts were allowed to remain up for days on Corbyn’s page. In many cases, the comments were never removed by the Labour officials managing the page, and remain up as of Monday.
One such comment called anti-Semitism a “Jewish hoax”.
"What this is really is a Jewish supremacist takeover of the Labour party. Anti-Semitism is a Jewish hoax."
Another comment urged Corbyn not to ‘waste time’ on Jews.
"Jews will always claim victimhood no matter what. Don't waste your time with them."
Other commenters drew on classic anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories.
"The biggest problem facing the world for centuries,” wrote one commenter. “Isn't it time they were stopped from their efforts to control nations' leaderships!"
“No one is anti-semitic,” wrote another commenter, whose comment remained up five days after being posted. "Critizing a country, policy or terrorist act is never ‘racist.’ But the trillion dollar israhell lobby used this anti-semitism card whenever they need to shun criticism on their apartheid.”
While the posts have been allowed to remain on the page, a Labour spokesman claimed Sunday that Corbyn “is a militant opponent of anti-Semitism”, adding that those who expressed anti-Semitism on his page “do not do so in his name”.
“If these anti-Semitic commenters are found to be Labour members, they will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken,” The Sun reported the spokesman as saying.
Corbyn has repeatedly come under fire in recent years for his failure to properly tackle the anti-Semitism in his party.
Late last month, Corbyn deleted his personal Facebook account 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.
Over the last several years, dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements.
Corbyn himself been criticized in the past due to his calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups.
The Labour leader responded to the recent appeal with a letter of his own in which he stressed to Jewish leaders that he is a “militant opponent” of anti-Semitism.