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British Jews to Protest Antisemitism With Second March on Labour Party Headquarters

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UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn outside his London home. Photo: Reuters/Toby Melville.

British Jews will hold a second demonstration against antisemitism in the UK Labour party on Sunday.

The demonstration will take place at the Labour Party Head Office in London. It will demand accountability from the party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn on the question of antisemitism. Since Corbyn took over leadership of the party several years ago, it has been beset by antisemitism scandals. Major figures like former London mayor Ken Livingstone have been suspended for making antisemitic comments and numerous other minor officials have been disciplined.

A previous march was held on March 26 after it was revealed that Corbyn himself had been a member of an egregiously antisemitic Facebook group. The march adopted the slogan “enough is enough.”

Polls indicate that most Labour members continue to support Corbyn and believe the antisemitism charges are part of an attempt to topple him from the leadership.

As part of the march, the Campaign Against Antisemitism registered a complaint with the Labour party, which in part,

Reports Mr Corbyn over his membership of, participation in, and lies about the antisemitic “Palestine Live” Facebook group;

Reports Mr Corbyn for his alleged continued membership of the antisemitic “History of Palestine” Facebook group;

Calls out Mr Corbyn’s lies about a second inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s comments about Hitler supporting Zionists;

Reports Mr Corbyn’s defense of a mural that even he now admits was antisemitic; and

Includes complaints about various other Labour Party figures.

Gideon Falter, Chairman of the CAA, said in a statement, “Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour has become a safe haven for racists. He is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving succor to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups, and a litany of Jew-haters. Labour must lead by example and show that Jeremy Corbyn is bound by the same rules as Leader as he was as a backbencher, by investigating the disciplinary complaint we have filed against him for bringing the Party into disrepute.”

Falter attacked Labour’s response to the previous complaint as “nothing more than an egregious whitewash and a predetermined outcome designed to protect Jeremy Corbyn at all costs from his own indiscretions, without even the formality of an investigation. We will demonstrate on Sunday outside Labour Head Office, demanding that Labour fulfills its duty to hold Mr. Corbyn to account.”

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