March 31, 2020

Wiesenthal Center Lists Corbyn’s Labour Party the Top Anti-Semitic Incident of 2019

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 10: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a phone banking session with Labour activists at Scottish party headquarters during his final campaign tour before polling day on December 10, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. The U.K will go to the polls in a general election on December 12. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Simon Wiesenthal Center called Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party the top anti-Semitic global incident in 2019.

The UK Daily Mail reports that the Wiesenthal Center argued on Dec. 8 that Corbyn and the Labour Party have mainstreamed “anti-Semitism into the political and social life of a democracy.”

They pointed out that “members and staff who have dared to speak out against the hate were purged, but not those who declared ‘Heil Hitler’ and ‘F— the Jews’ or ‘Jews are the problem.’”

“If Mr. Corbyn wins he will make Britain a pariah on the world stage,” Wiesenthal Center Founder and Dean Rabbi Marvin Hier told the Daily Mail. “It will be a disaster for democracy.”

A Labour Party spokesperson told the Daily Mail that the Wiesenthal Center’s contention was “ridiculous and grossly offensive. Putting Jeremy Corbyn at the head of a list containing neo-Nazi synagogue shooters is a transparent political attack and has nothing to do with tackling anti-Semitism.”

The Wiesenthal Center also released a report on Dec. 9 about Corbyn and the Labour Party, highlighting how in 2012, Corbyn “defended a mural depicting ravenous Jewish bankers taking bites out of the backs of naked third world minorities.” In 2016, he allowed the anti-Semitic slur “Zio” to become common among the Labour Party; in 2018, reports were stating “that Corbyn belonged to three Facebook groups in which anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial were commonplace, and whose members posted stories about Rothschild control of the world’s banking systems and Israeli armed forces harvesting the organs of their Palestinian victims.”

The report concluded that Corbyn’s criticisms of Israel have veered into anti-Semitism, given “that he embraces Hamas as well as Fatah, and celebrates Palestinian terrorists as martyrs. Ditto his admiration for the Tehran Mullahs.”

Britain’s elections for prime minister are on Dec. 12; Corbyn and current Prime Minister Boris Johnson are seen as the top contenders for the position.