The turnout – which included a broad cross-section of the community and a large number of Labour MPs – came only 24 hours after news of the demonstration was announced by the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies. Protestors gathered in Parliament Square in the evening sunshine with many holding banners reading “DAYENU #EnoughisEnough”. Other banners read: “NO to Holocaust denial”.
Clair Kober, the outgoing Haringey council leader, also attended the rally. “I am here to show my support to the Jewish community,” she said. “I’m sick of the accusation that some people are weaponising allegations of anti-Semitism. “And I’m aghast Ken Livingstone is still a member of the Labour Party. Ms Kober also outlined her experience at the hands of “toxic” Momentum activism. Luciana Berger, who had taken up Mr Corbyn’s Facebook post in support of an anti-Semitic mural depicting Jewish Bankers playing monopoly on the backs of the poor, with the leader’s office last Friday, added: ”Anti-Semitism is very real and alive in the Labour Party. “It pains me to have to say that today. “
For the Jewish community to write an open letter about anti-Semitism in @UKLabour is deeply shaming. In my 40 years in the Labour movement I have never known anti-Semitism be an issue for a Labour Party leader until now #EnoughisEnough
— PhilWilsonMP (@MPphilwilson) March 25, 2018
An open letter delivered to the Labour PLP meeting read:” “We’ve had enough of hearing Jeremy Corbyn ‘opposes anti-Semitism’, whilst the mainstream majority of British Jews, and their concerns, are ignored by him and those he leads.” It also accused Mr Corbyn of allowing a climate in which “mainstream Jewish communities are believed to be a hostile entity, a class enemy.” Mr Corbyn had stayed away from last night’s meeting of the Labour’s PLP in Westminster, his office confirmed. There was no explanation why.
Today we've seen something new & very nasty. Non-Jewish people (mostly Tories) telling Jewish people (who support Corbyn) that they're Anti-Semitic. In other words Non-Jews condemning Jews as Anti-Semites. What a horrible state Britain is in 2018 #EnoughIsEnough
— Jewish Voice (@J_VoiceUK) March 26, 2018
Luciana Berger also spoke out at the PLP meeting and was said to have been warmly applauded by colleagues as she called for further pressure over the failure of the leadership to deal with anti-Semitism. A letter from the Jewish Labour Movement sent to all party MPs claimed its members had been the target of “deliberate and calculated abuse.”
My major source of amusement today is Corbynistas claiming the fuss over a mural is trivial….last week they were screaming blue murder over a hat.
— Julie Owen Moylan (@JulieOwenMoylan) March 27, 2018
In response to this rally by the Jewish Community the posh-boy Stalinist crew around Corbyn put out the message that to attend a rally to protest anti-Semitism is to support the Tories and show massive ‘error of judgement’? Says it all really?
All these parasites using false accusations of antisemitism is in itself antisemitic. They want to conflate criticism of the Israeli administration with antisemitism. It is the lobby's last remaining tactic to silence and suppress legitimate criticism of Israeli crimes
— GraemeC (@Graeme_C) March 26, 2018
After the protest outside of the Houses of Parliament by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council here are some of the comments posted to Jeremy Corbyn’s Facebook statement of yesterday. Pretty telling for our comrades in Labour who tell us it isn’t a problem, that this is a manufactured “Blairite” plot or a fabrication of the Main Stream Media?
Thanks to Mark Persoff for compiling and Adrian Cohen for the heads up:
“Its not anti Semitic to compare Israeli policies to hitlers, it’s fair and accurate.”
“I have never seen anti-semiticism in the Labour Party.. but I have seen anti-zionism of which I am
very proud to be an anti-zionist. We need to be VERY clear that protesting against the so-called apartheid state of Israel is not anti-semitic.
— Tom Pride (@ThomasPride) March 26, 2018
The Labour Party needs to be much stronger on this and not tolerate the conflation of anti-zionism with anti-semiticism [sic]
It disgusts me that within the PLP are a group of MPs calling themselves Labour Friends of Israel. This is disgraceful. In the time of the South African apartheid if there were a group in the PLP calling themselves the Labour Friends of South Africa, they would not have lasted five minutes. To have this group of MPs in the pockets of the zionist lobbyists is the shame of the Labour Party.”
Were you born that dumb or did you work hard to become so dumb. There is nothing Anti-Jewish about #BDS which has the support of many Jews/Jewish orgs. What is Anti-Jewish is Israel claiming it persecutes, steals from, maims & kills Palestinians in the name of world Jewry
— Robby Martin (@takethepss) March 26, 2018
“I would class the mural as anti establishment, anti capitalism not antisemitic”
“Don’t worry I did not believe a word of the media obsessional distraction techniques.”
The tories and their preachers of hate in the right wing press who've demonised benefit claimants, migrants for years have managed to convince a lot of people that Mr. Corbyn is responsible for everything they've caused,this is the culmination of lies/smears, #EnoughIsEnough.
— Loz Argyle (@ArgyleLoz) March 26, 2018
“Don’t sweat it jez. The mural wasn’t antisemitic anyway, the target of the satire was corrupt banks, not Jewishness. If Jews own the banks then yea they’re involved. What, are we never allowed to critique anything that in any way involved some people who happened to be Jewish? The usual suspects trying to undermine u, they should be ashamed. It is they who hurt labour’s chances not u”
“Ironically most of the right wings are supporter of the zionazi state which make all the sense…racists are alike”
“[…] how by any stretch of the imagination has corbyn used this image an off the cuff comment from years ago is just another ridiculous smear by pro Israeli state lobby in and out of the Labour Party”
#EnoughIsEnough The irony that this smear is against the first leader of a national party in Britain to be explicitly anti-racist. Clearly our Tory power elites are bricking themselves over his popularity
— Red North (@RednorthUK) March 26, 2018
“The mural was not antisemetic. This is total foolishness. The painting — from my interoperation — is capitalism being portrayed as a game. A lot of Labour MPs have conveyed solidarity for the Palestinians this week, so the mainstream media driven argument of antisemitism is a way of undermining that. In addition, to undermine the success that will happen 3rd May under Jeremy’s leadership of the Labour Party.”
“Well well Jeremy Corbyn is now just another politician bought and paid for by the Zionist state of Israel. You don’t get to the front benches in the Westminster houses of corruption unless!”
Snakes Ant, fuckin snakes. That demo last night, Ian fuckin Paisley protesting against anti semitism? You couldn't make it up lad. One of the most bigoted politicians there is. Anyone who's can't see that this is just about unseating Corbyn needs their fuckin heads testing.
— Lee Pringle (@LeePringle) March 27, 2018
“The mural was not anti-Semitic, it is anti-establishment. It just so happens the Rothschild and the rockerfella family have Jewish backgrounds and are the world’s richest families.
Luciana Berger MP is a traitor to the labour party! She is contributing to the Tory lies and bogus smear campaigns!
I can smell a rat when a labour MP came from Haberdashers private school for girls and secretly has a surname called Goldsmith!”
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— The Pileus (@thepileus) March 26, 2018
“Jeremy …someone needs to man up and tell people live on tv that anti Zionism is not the same as antisemiticism …and defend robustly against the traditional onslaught that usually comes after…people are sick and tired of this situation and the constant holocaust “reminders “ on tv…”
Solidarity with colleagues from @jewishlabour and others gathering in Westminster to say #EnoughIsEnough. We must call out anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, but what matters is #deedsnotwords. Need tougher action including expelling members guilty of hatred.
— Nia Griffith MP (@NiaGriffithMP) March 26, 2018
“Strange how these unfounded accusations of anti-Semitism always gather steam around election time. Almost as though the Jewish community were trying to subvert sovereign British politics by tarnishing the image of an innocent and genuinely nice man and influencing the outcome of a sovereign British election.”
“Jeremy i am a big fan huge one but no one is more racist faschist extremist and crying victims than jews”
— Amandeep SinghBhogal (@AmandeepBhogal) March 25, 2018
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