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Campaign group against antisemitism unveils three billboards outside Labour Party head office

The three billboards read: 'Holocaust deniers harboured by Labour', 'Failure to act on antisemitism' and 'Institutional antisemitism in Corbyn’s Labour'

    A group is displaying three billboards outside the Labour Party’s headquarters this morning to protest antisemitism within the party.

    A debate on antisemitism is due to take place in Parliament later today.

    Community United against Labour Party antisemitism (Culpa) is driving the three billboards around until 4pm.

    The three boards read: “Holocaust deniers harboured by Labour”, “Failure to act on antisemitism” and “Institutional antisemitism in Corbyn’s Labour”.

    The posters will be displayed in a number of areas of central London over the course of the day, including Victoria Street, Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Palace Road, York Road, Belvedere Road, Millbank, Lambeth Bridge, Whitehall, Strand and Waterloo Bridge.

    A spokesperson for the group said the billboards “will remind Labour and the world how much remains to be done to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party.

    “This grassroots initiative [which] reflects frustration at how little has been done by Labour to tackle antisemitism.

    “Every day seems to bring new revelations. For the Jewish community to hold two well-attended rallies in the space of weeks to protest at antisemitism within Her Majesty’s Opposition, for the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to say that he will not meet the Opposition Leader – these are unprecedented times which call for unprecedented action.”

    The spokesperson added that while the idea had come from “a group of Labour members and ex members… some 130 donors ‘crowdfunded’ the initiative – donors of all religions and none, from all walks of life, some with political affiliations, some not.”

    The idea of the three adverts as a means of holding people to account has been popularised by Oscar-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

    It tells the tale of a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. Last month, the “Justice 4 Grenfell” group organised a similar protest around London, with mobile billboards questioning why no arrests had been made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, which left 71 dead last June.

    The Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council released a video today, ahead of the Parliamentary debate on antisemitism.

    Featuring “UK Jews and allies” the two-minute video is intended to send a message “to those who deny antisemitism and defend antisemitism, who turn a blind eye to it, who say it’s an exaggeration, a fabrication, a hoax… enough is enough”.

     

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