Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Tweets ‘Happy Passover’ With Pic of Loaf of Bread
The British Labour Party has deleted a tweet wishing Jewish people a happy Passover after mistakenly including an image of a loaf of bread, UK news outlet The Independent reported on Friday.
Leavened bread is not eaten during the Jewish holiday, with the post prompting a barrage of criticism on social media.
One Twitter user responded: “Astonishing (but sadly unsurprising) basic religious illiteracy from @UKLabour.”
Another wrote: “Got to laugh. @ukLabour trying to [be] inclusive to Jews celebrating Passover. The one thing observant Jews specifically avoid at Passover is bread.”
And Hugo Rifkind, the newspaper columnist, replied simply: “It’s…it’s…it’s…a loaf of bread.”
The message, also featuring a Star of David and a kiddush cup, read: “As Jewish people prepare for Passover, we’re wishing everyone in the Jewish community chag sameach [happy holiday].”
The mistake comes amid continuing tensions between Labour and Jewish groups, because of the antisemitism scandals gripping the party.
In recent weeks, Labour is believed to have suspended four council candidates because of their behavior, including one who posted antisemitic conspiracy theories online.
But party leader Jeremy Corbyn has again been criticized over his refusal to sack his shadow justice secretary, Richard Burgon, after footage emerged of him claiming, “Zionism is the enemy of peace” — a comment Burgon had previously denied making.