Peers call on Scotland Yard to investigate anti-Semitism by Corbyn supporters

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

Mr Corbyn said he was not aware of allegedly anti-Semitic social media posts made by a Labour candidate for local elections in Kent, but said that he was suspended as soon as they came to light.

In a statement last week, the group accused the Jewish Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Labour Movement of "playing a unsafe game with people's lives".

Speaking during his visit to Watford, he said: "I wrote to the Jewish Board of Deputies last night to thank them for their previous correspondence and say I'm very happy to meet them anytime and my door is open to them and to any other Jewish organisation". Ros Altmann, the former Conservative pensions minister, has also signed it.

Labour MP John Woodcock, a leader in the Labour Friends of Israel group, said Corbyn's attendance was "irresponsible and risky".

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And they said it was "crucial that you use your own personal authority as Leader of the Labour Party to drive the changes required", adding: "Ultimately, the most important thing going forward will be action and not words".

The peers' letter says such hate speech "not only stirs up racial hatred which threatens the very fabric of community cohesion throughout London and the United Kingdom, but also poses a possible physical threat to the Jewish community". "If I didn't know better, I would say Corbyn has deliberately aggravated the situation by associating himself with known haters", he told the Daily Express.

"Current examples of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party are not only a problem of a few, extreme "bad apples" but also of unconscious bias which manifests itself in varied, nuanced and subtle ways and is more widespread in the Labour Party than many of us had understood even a few months ago".

A Momentum spokesman said: "As made clear in our recent statement, Momentum is committed to stamping out antisemitism across the Labour movement".

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"I can not work alongside individuals who seek to silence the legitimate concerns of Jewish Labour members, or who remain silent in the face of blatant racism". Denying that antisemitism exists within the Labour party, or in its affiliated organisations, factions, and supporters, is misguided, ignorant and offensive.

Mr Garfield acknowledged that some may be trying to "weaponise" the issue to undermine the left's credibility, but said "something can not be weaponised if it does not exist".

BRITISH Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for attending a seder hosted by a far-left Jewish group called Jewdas that has described Israel as a "steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of" and called Jewish community protests against his handling of anti-Semitism in the party "a bout of faux-outrage greased with hypocrisy and opportunism".

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