A campaign raising money to display three billboards outside Labour Party headquarters to protest perceived inaction on antisemitism has received more than £3,000 in just a few days.
A group calling itself Community United against Labour Party Antisemitism (Culpa) is raising the money to pay for the three billboards to “pass along Victoria Street outside Labour HQ, to protest about Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to deal properly with antisemitism in Labour”.
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. Earlier this 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.
One of the members of Culpa told the JC the group was “gratified and amazed at how quickly the money has been coming in.
“We never expected this – we only went live on Thursday – we’re astonished at how quickly it has come in. Given that it’s a tough time for people, and the economy is not exactly booming, it just shows how important this issue is to a vast range of people.”
He said the organisers – who wish to remain anonymous - were currently looking at the protest taking place in April, after Pesach, and confirmed the wording would follow “the same sort of template to the film”.
Last year a light aircraft was hired to fly a banner reading “Expel Ken! Corbyn Out”, over Wembley Stadium during the FA Cup semi-final match between Arsenal and Chelsea. The Culpa member confirmed that the previous protest had not been organised by them.
“The real tipping point was when the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, spoke out,” he said.
“To have a major religious figure who was saying he will not talk to the leader of the opposition – if you read it in a novel, you wouldn’t believe it.”
He described the organisers as “a combination of people who care about the Labour Party, others who care about having a credible opposition, and people who are just fighting antisemitism. It’s a broad coalition”.