Corbyn attends event of group who called for destruction of Israel

Corbyn attends event of group who called for destruction of Israel

Jeremy Corbyn is today accused of ‘deliberately baiting’ the mainstream Jewish community after he attended a Seder hosted by a far-left group.

Jewish group ‘Jewdas’ has dismissed the anti-Semitism scandal engulfing Labour as ‘cynical manipulation’ and is controversial because it has called for the destruction of Israel.

Mr Corbyn celebrated Passover with the group last night but was said to have attended in a private capacity as the constituency MP.

John Woodcock, a serial critic of Mr Corbyn on Labour’s backbenches, claimed it was an incendiary intervention and a snub to mainstream Jewish groups deeply alarmed at a series of anti-Semitic incidents linked to Labour.

The Labour leader was also condemned by the Holocaust Education Trust chief executive Karen Pollock, who branded it ‘mocking’ and ‘disrespectful’.

But the new row was played down by others who said Jewdas were a recognised part of the Jewish community.

Momentum chief Jon Lansman said it was not ‘significant’ while comedian David Baddiel, a Labour supporter who has harshly criticised Mr Corbyn over anti-Semitism, said the group were simply ‘Jews who disagree with other Jews. Which means: Jews’. 

Jeremy Corbyn attended an event last night hosted by a far-Left group that has called for the destruction of Israel

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London

Leaked audio revealed that Mr Corbyn was present at the event in his constituency where guests allegedly booed the names of mainstream Jews.

The Labour leader is already under pressure following a steady stream of revelations of an anti-Semitism issue within Labour.

But last night, Labour MPs and campaigners expressed incredulity that he would meet with the controversial group during the Jewish Passover festival.

Mr Woodcock said: ‘This is deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community days after they pleaded with him to tackle antisemitism.

‘And he must know that meeting them now will give his members the message that the group’s extreme views are ok. Irresponsible and dangerous.’

Labour MP Wes Streeting, a vocal critic of anti-Semitism, said: ‘This calls into serious question the sincerity of every public statement Jeremy Corbyn has made on anti-Semitism during the past week, just as many of us hoped we had begun to make progress.’

Ms Pollock said: ‘It was clearly deliberate. No question of intent. Mocking. And disrespectful.’ 

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, said: ‘Given the anti-Semitism crisis engulfing the Labour Party, there is absolutely no way that Mr Corbyn can claim that this too was an oversight.

‘The Party must consider the message that is sent to British Jews and other minorities by him remaining as Leader.’ 

John Woodcock, a serial critic of Mr Corbyn on Labour’s backbenches, claimed it was an incendiary intervention and a snub to mainstream Jewish groups deeply alarmed at a series of anti-Semitic incidents linked to Labour

The Labour leader was also condemned by the Holocaust Education Trust chief executive Karen Pollock, who branded it ‘mocking’ and ‘disrespectful’.

comedian David Baddiel, a Labour supporter who has harshly criticised Mr Corbyn over the row, said the group were simply ‘Jews who disagree with other Jews. Which means: Jews’

Mr Lansman, founder of the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group, said the Labour leader had not told his own office he was going to the event.

Mr Lansman, who is Jewish, said: ‘It was his night off, he had nothing in his official diary, his office didn’t know he was there.

‘So I don’t think this is as significant as it’s being made out.’

Baddiel, who has been at the forefront of the debate over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, rejected suggestions that Jewdas was ‘despised’ by other members

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