Labour official in anti-Semitism row quits party's ruling body

02 April, 2018, 00:22 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Theresa May

Earlier, The Sunday Times reported that 12 senior staff working for Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell were members of social media groups containing anti-Semitic and violent comments.

Lord Sugar, a former Labour peer who was born into a Jewish family, shared the post as Corbyn said his party "must do better" to deal with antisemitism.

Her place on the NEC will be taken up by comedian Eddie Izzard.

"On the contrary, I have been witnessing, since Mr Corbyn became leader, a philosophical and a political policy which espouses, in almost every respect, the very antithesis of the great party under whose reputation, and under whose flag, it now seeks to fly and where so many other Jews were once so proud to stand". "On another page, called We Support Jeremy Corbyn, one person posted that Berger was making "false accusations" about anti-Semitism to create a crisis within the party, while another described Arkush as a" Zionist Jewish thug".

Sir David Garrard, who has donated around £1.5 million since 2003, said he had now left the party having seen it fail to respond to "the most blatant acts of anti-Semitism".

Mr Izzard was appointed to Labour's national executive committee following the resignation of Christine Shawcroft, an ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who stepped down on Saturday following an anti-Semitism row.


Following an investigation, it found that 20 of the biggest groups supporting Mr Corbyn - totalling around 400,000 members - had launched frequent attacks on Jewish people, including remarks about the Holocaust.

Speaking to The Observer, the former donor said: "I have watched with dismay and foreboding the manner in which the leadership has, in my view, over the last two years, conducted itself".

"Of course, the Exodus from Egypt did not mark the end of antisemitic persecution", May said in her message, after saying that the holiday is an opportunity for British citizens to celebrate "the incredible and enduring contribution made by our Jewish community, in every corner of the country and in every walk of life".

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.

"It is fine when you hear two or three cases a year". Cases of alleged antisemitism are still emerging. "It doesn't work if we're suspending several people a week", said one party veteran.

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