Jeremy Corbyn has attempted to disassociate himself from antisemitic comments made by his supporters, saying such abuse is not “ever done in my name.”
Speaking to the Press Association yesterday, Mr Corbyn also said he was “totally opposed” to antisemitism “in any form whatsoever. We will deal with it, as our society must deal with it.”
On Tuesday, Jewish Labour MPs including Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth told the House of Commons about some of the antisemitic abuse they had received from people who indicated their support for the Labour leader by using the hashtag #JC4PM.
A number of Facebook groups which bear Mr Corbyn’s name have also been found to contain large amounts of vitriolic antisemitic abuse.
Mr Corbyn is due to meet with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council next Tuesday. However, a number of Jewish groups have pulled out of an event Mr Corbyn attempted to organise for the day after, due to the Labour leader inviting Jewish Voice for Labour, a group which has repeatedly denied that antisemitism is an issue within the party.
Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said his party had to “make sure it is not a place where antisemites feel welcome.”
Speaking at an event launching Labour’s housing proposals, Mr Khan admitted that “the reality is there are some Londoners of Jewish faith who don’t feel comfortable with the Labour Party.
“It’s really important that we as a Labour Party address the concerns – the legitimate concerns – Londoners and others of Jewish faith have, and those of non-Jewish faith as well.
“We have got to make sure that anybody against whom a complaint has been made has the complaint investigated speedily and, if it’s upheld, kicked out of our party.”