Amid anti-Semitism scandal, UK's Corbyn criticized over Seder with far-left group

Screen capture from video of UK Labour party National Executive Committee member Christine Shawcroft

The leader was forced to apologise for appearing to back an offensive mural on Facebook back in 2012, and over the weekend had to suspend one of its local candidates for anti-Semitism allegations too.

"It was very interesting talking to a lot of young people about their experiences of modern Britain and I learnt a lot. So I don't think this is as significant as it's being made out".

He added: "Anti-Semitism is a cancer and bad in our society and has to be eradicated wherever it rears its head".

The Guido Fawkes website reported that Mr Corbyn attended a meeting of a radical left-wing group called Jewdas, which has criticised mainstream Jewish organisations for their protests over alleged Labour anti-Semitism. "He wants to meet, he's very keen to meet and has been since before the demonstration last Monday with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council".

He wrote to the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council last week to ask for an urgent formal meeting to discuss tackling anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and in society.

But Labour MP John Woodcock called his leader's actions "irresponsible and dangerous".

Mr Lansman, founder of Momentum, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It was his night off, he had nothing in his official diary, his office didn't know he was there".

What that view omits, however, is the fact that in response to Mr Corbyn's request for a meeting with the BoD and JLC, those groups said they wanted him to publicly confirm his commitment to engage with the Jewish community "via its main representative groups and not through fringe groups who wish to obstruct the party's efforts to tackle anti-Semitism". Last week, a rally of more than 1,500 people outside of Parliament organized by mainstream Jewish groups said that "enough is enough", and called on the leader to do more.


He said accusations of anti-Semitism in Labour could not be dismissed as "smears" against Mr Corbyn, and there was a widespread problem of "unconscious bias" in the party which needed to addressed by a "programme of education and training".

Speaking to Sky News, Sir David has raised the prospect of supporting the Tories as he voiced fierce criticism of Mr Corbyn amid a continuing anti-Semitism row.

The self-described "radical" group have claimed allegations of anti-Semitism within Labour are "a malicious ploy" to topple Mr Corbyn.

The Passover event was organised by Jewdas, which the Labour leader attended in Islington in a personal capacity - according to a spokesperson for Corbyn.

Simply: "Great that there's so much interest in our work..."

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, Gideon Falter, said Mr Corbyn's claims to remedy anti-Semitism within the party and his appearance at this meeting made him a "duplicitous" man.

"I take the strongest exception to Jeremy Corbyn's philosophy, his conduct as leader of Her Majesty's Opposition and, from what I have witnessed, both his direct and indirect anti-Semitic behaviour". During an interview with Channel 10 while on a diplomatic mission to Israel, Blair blasted the current party leadership over its utter "failure to tackle anti-Semitism within its ranks, and root out anti-Semitism completely, totally".

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