Jeremy Corbyn embroiled in new anti-Semitism row

Sajid Javid MP

Sajid Javid MP

Members of the main protest shouted "shame on you" and "scum" at the group of around 50 Corbyn supporters, who claim that the accusations of anti-Semitism against their leader are politically motivated and part of a calculated effort to smear the leader ahead of the May local government elections.

Corbyn has since apologized for his 2012 message and said he regrets not looking more closely at the "deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic" mural.

Others within the party came to Corbyn's defence, with Shadow Minister for International Development Dan Carden tweeting, "Jeremy Corbyn has committed his entire life to fighting all forms of racism and fascism - & under his leadership there is no place for anti-semitism in the Labour Party".

Most recently, it emerged that Corbyn himself had supported a mural replete with antisemitic imagery.

However, many rabidly anti-Corbyn figures in the right-wing media have jumped to use the incident to accuse the Labour leader of being a raging anti-Semite.

Jonathan Goldstein said: "We are here to tell Jeremy Corbyn that enough is enough". For us, this moment encapsulates the profound personal tragedy of the Corbyn leadership: that over the last three years our identities as Jews and Labour members have at times felt as if they are alien, or even incompatible.

Over the weekend, Corbyn said he had been wrong in defending the artist's artistic freedom.

"Today, leaders of British Jewry tell Jeremy Corbyn that enough is enough", stated a letter issued by the umbrella organizations of British Jewry, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council.

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Since Jeremy Corbyn and his far-Left Momentum movement took over leadership of Labour, the party has been beset with antisemitism scandals.

But the Jewish leaders took aim at Mr Corbyn personally, saying he is "repeatedly found alongside people with blatantly anti-Semitic views".

Corbyn also ran into trouble when it was revealed that he was a member of a Facebook group called Palestine Live whose members regularly trafficked in antisemitic and anti-Israel rhetoric.

The Labour leader said the party had been to slow to acting in the past. They said he was the figurehead of an anti-Semitic culture based on conspiracy theories and obsessive hatred of Israel. He said that whilst not a member of the Labor Party, he had voted Labor in every recent General Election except for past year, "I wouldn't vote for Labor as it's now constituted".

"I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused".

A series of MPs also called at a private meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party for further action to root out anti-Semitism.

"Labour is an anti-racist party and I utterly condemn antisemitism, which is why as leader of the Labour Party I want to be clear that I will not tolerate any form of antisemitism that exists in and around our movement", he posted on Facebook and Twitter. And in 2016, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from the party after describing Adolf Hitler as a supporter of zionism.

The MP for Islington North said he would "never be anything other than a militant opponent of anti-Semitism", telling the two groups: "In this fight, I am your ally and always will be".

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