Report: Jeremy Corbyn Once Part of Anti-Semitic Facebook Group
The Times of Israel (TOI) is reporting that Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, was once part of a Facebook group that was laced with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content.
Members of the Palestine Live Facebook group that Corbyn was reportedly part of frequently shared content from anti-Semites like David Duke and posted anti-Semitic slurs such as “ZioNazi” and “JewNazi.” Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jews running the media and being involved in the 9/11 terror attacks permeated the group.
The group was a secret job on Facebook, meaning that members had to be invited and approved by the group admin.
There were a few instances where Corbyn posted in the group, including him lauding the UK parliament’s decision “to unilaterally recognize the state of Palestine” and referring to a Norwegian doctor who has banned from Israel as his friend. He was in the group for at least year before leaving in 2015, when he became leader of the Labour Party.
Corbyn’s spokesperson issued a statement that did not mention the group.
“Jeremy condemns anti-Semitism in all its forms in the strongest possible terms,” the spokesperson said. “He does not want the support of anti-Semites, who have no place whatsoever in the Labour movement.”
The TOI report would be the latest example of Corbyn being tied to anti-Semitic individuals and organizations. Corbyn has previously referred to the Jew-hating terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” and was supportive of Deir Yassin Remembered, which is filled with Holocaust deniers. Corbyn also once worked for Iran’s state media outlet Press TV. Anti-Semitism has also risen within the ranks of the Labour Party since Corbyn took over as leader of the party.
In June, Corbyn was dangerously close to becoming prime minister of Britain.