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Supporters post series of antisemitic comments to Jeremy Corbyn's Facebook page

Labour promised to take "appropriate action" against members found to have used antisemitic language

    A Facebook post by Jeremy Corbyn has attracted a number of antisemitic comments (Photo: Getty Images)
    A Facebook post by Jeremy Corbyn has attracted a number of antisemitic comments (Photo: Getty Images)

    A series of "appalling" antisemitic comments have been posted by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn onto the Labour leader's Facebook page, it has been revealed.

    Among the posts are claims of a “Jewish takeover” of Labour in order to purge the party of those who are concerned about “the huge concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a very small number of racial supremacist Jews”.

    Another complained of "Jewish over-representation" in Parliament and the BBC.

    The comments, first reported by the Mail on Sunday, were in response to a post by Mr Corbyn expressing gratitude for his meeting with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).

    Mr Corbyn described Tuesday’s meeting as “positive and constructive”, but the Board and JLC criticised the Labour leader for a “disappointing” meeting in which he failed to meet the “minimum level of action” necessary.

    Community leaders have called for the removal of the antisemitic posts
    Community leaders have called for the removal of the antisemitic posts

    A spokesman for the Labour Party insisted that those who express antisemitic views or attitudes “do not do so in (Mr Corbyn’s) name”.

    He added: “Jeremy Corbyn is a militant opponent of antisemitism and he has made it clear there is no place for them in our party.

    "If these antisemitic commenters are found to be Labour members, they will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken.”

    Mr Corbyn’s Facebook page is public, meaning all users of the social media site are able to post comments to it.

    The JC understands that the page’s administrators have installed an automatic ban on the terms “Zio”, “yid” and “kike”.

    Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman described the posts as “appalling”, saying they should have been immediately removed by Mr Corbyn’s office.

    She said: “If it turns out that these comments were made by Labour Party members, they should be disciplined.”

    The Community Security Trust (CST) said the comments contain “shocking” antisemitism, calling on Mr Corbyn to delete the posts and to investigate whether they were posted by Labour members.

    A CST spokesman said: “Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to drive antisemitism out of the Labour Party.  We welcome this commitment, and a fitting place to start would be on his own Facebook page.”

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