UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Heckled as ‘Liar,’ Amid Ongoing Antisemitism Row in Party
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was called a “liar” during his speech at the UK Jewish Labour Movement’s Hanukkah party on Wednesday, after he said there was “zero tolerance” of antisemitism within the Labour Party, The Jewish Chronicle reported.
Mr Corbyn told a crowded room at the party’s headquarters in central London: “I’m here because I want the party to be strong in all areas, I want the Jewish Labour Movement to be absolutely part of and involved with the party at all levels.”
Prior to Mr Corbyn’s speech, a plea had been made for all those in the room to treat each other in a comradely spirit. However, at this point a female heckler responded with the words: “But you hate us.”
During the Labour leader’s speech, the same heckler shouted: “Corbyn, you’re a liar,” before reportedly being removed from the room.
“The issues of racism in our society are serious,” Corbyn continued. “The issues of antisemitism are very, very serious indeed.”
The British Labour Party has been dogged by claims of antisemitism among its members since the far-left Corbyn was elected leader in 2015.
“There is zero tolerance of antisemtism in the Labour Party, and that is how it must remain,” Corbyn went on to say, to applause. However, a male heckler then shouted: “What about Ken?”
Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London, was suspended from the Labour Party in April 2016 after making comments about “Hitler…supporting Zionism, before he went mad.” After almost a year-long suspension, the party’s National Constitutional Council ruled that he would not be expelled from the party but merely suspended for another year. During his hearing, Mr Livingstone made further inflammatory comments about Nazism and Zionism, which have been contested by a number of serious historians.