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Labour suspends party members in antisemitic Facebook group

PA Wire  PA Images                   Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn PA Wire PA Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Jay Anderson | 11 March, 2018, 01:57

Setting out his position on the Brexit deal, Mr Corbyn said a future Labour government "cannot be held back inside or outside the European Union ... from preventing employers being able to import cheap agency labour, to undercut existing pay and conditions in the name of free market orthodoxy".

They said: "Jeremy and the Labour party are implacably opposed to all forms of anti-Semitism and will take whatever necessary action to stamp it out in the Labour party. I have removed myself from it", he stressed.

"It is repugnant if there are antisemitic posts - and I gather there are".

Among the posts on the group, members discuss whether they prefer the term "ZioNazi" to "JewNazi", according to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).

The screenshots, which were collected by blogger David Collier, expose exchanges that allegedly took place within the group, which discuss conspiracies about Israeli involvement in the 9/11 NY terror attacks and material produced by former KKK leader David Duke, among other offensive content.

Mr Murray said he believed the Labour front bench was the biggest impediment to getting single market membership into the Brexit bill but added: "The country is with us, Labour party membership is with us". "Obviously, any antisemitic comment is wrong".

A Labour spokesman said: 'The Labour Party is committed to challenging and campaigning against anti-Semitism in all its forms.

Sky News understands disciplinary procedures are under way over the Palestine Live group on the social network, amid allegations anti-Semitic posts were shared.

Instead, Mr Corbyn left the Facebook group, along with others, as part of a "routine" review of his social media accounts when he was elected party leader in 2015 and it was not the case he saw anti-Semitic or offensive messages, the source added.




Speaking to Sky News on Friday, shadow chancellor John McDonnell promised "firm action" if any members of the Facebook group found expressing anti-Semitic views were also linked to the Labour Party. It is appalling and we will not accept it.

However, Jennifer Gerber, the director of Labour Friends of Israel, argued that Corbyn's membership in Palestine Live, itself, was problematic, "That Jeremy Corbyn was a member of a Facebook group frequented by anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers and Israel-hating conspiracy theorists is both appalling and utterly unsurprising".

Jacqueline Walker, the former Momentum steering group member who is suspended from Labour for comments calling Jewish people "the main financiers of the slave trade", is also a member.

Colin O'Driscoll showed his support on an online page opposing Labour Against Antisemitism (LAAS), which aims to highlight and prevent anti-Semitic abuse within the party.

"Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party are clearly hoping this will all go away but it won't; their response so far has been totally inadequate".

Jeremy Corbyn entrenched his position against staying in the single market as Labour's leadership moved to block a party vote on the issue.

"I think one big push (and) we might be able to get the Labour front bench into the right place as well".

Mr Corbyn has been criticised for failing to demand that Theresa May fights to keep the United Kingdom inside the single market, with many Labour supporters believing a soft Brexit would be less damaging.

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