Anti-semitism campaigners’ petition calls for Corbyn to be sacked

Campaigners start ‘For The Many, Not The Jew’ petition calling for Labour MPs to oust Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism row

  • The petition was posted on by Campaign Against Antisemitism
  • It calls for Labour MPs to back a vote of no-confidence motion against Corbyn
  • Entitled ‘For the many not the Jew’ it has already garnered 5,000 signatures
  • Footage this week showed Corbyn saying British ‘Zionists’ had no sense of irony
  • It was filmed at a 2013 conference promoted by Hamas’s propaganda website 
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Campaigners have renewed calls for Jeremy Corbyn to step down as Labour leader over the anti-semitism row by launching an online petition.

Volunteer charity Campaign Against Antisemitism started a campaign this week calling for Labour MPs to issue a vote of no-confidence in the embattled leader.

Entitled ‘For the many not the Jew’, the petition has already garnered over 5,000 signatures. 

A message accompanying the description reads: ‘For weeks, events from Jeremy Corbyn’s disturbing past have trickled into the light.

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Volunteer charity Campaign Against Antisemitism started the petition to oust Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) on this week

The campaign, called ‘For the many not the Jew’ has already received over 5,000 signatures

‘For as long as the Labour Party is in Jeremy Corbyn’s grip, it cannot be a force for good.

‘His past demonstrates that he should never have been elected to the leadership of the Labour Party and he is unfit to hold any public office.

‘To achieve this, only 52 Labour MPs need to propose a challenger, or Labour MPs could propose a vote of no confidence, or set up their own political party. We call on the Parliamentary Labour Party to take action.’

The news comes just hours after the Labour Against Anti-Semitism group lodged an official complaint against Corbyn after footage of him emerged saying British Zionists ‘do not understand English irony’.

Speaking in 2013 at a conference promoted by Hamas’s propaganda website, the now Labour leader said British ‘Zionists’ did not want to study history or understand irony ‘despite having lived in this country all their lives’, MailOnline revealed last week.

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Speaking in 2013 at a London conference promoted by the Hamas’s propaganda website, Mr Corbyn said British ‘Zionists’ did not want to study history or understand irony ‘despite having lived in this country all their lives’

The Labour leader made the comments at a conference at Friends House in London’s Euston.

The event was advertised online by Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades, which is designated a terrorist group by Britain, the EU, the United States and other countries.

In one of the speeches, made by 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alan Hart, ‘Zionism’ was described as a ‘cancer at the heart of international affairs’. It was also called a ‘monster’ and compared to Nazi Germany.

In a statement released on Friday evening Mr Corbyn said he had been defending the ambassador from ‘what I thought were deliberate misrepresentations’ by people ‘for whom English was a first language, when it isn’t for the ambassador’.

Mr Corbyn said: ‘I described those pro-Israel activists as Zionists, in the accurate political sense and not as a euphemism for Jewish people – and that is made clear in the rest of my speech that day.

‘I am now more careful with how I might use the term ‘Zionist’ because a once self-identifying political term has been increasingly hijacked by anti-Semites as code for Jews.’

Corbyn has faced months of scrutiny over accusations of anti-semitism within the Labour party

What is the timeline of anti-Semitic scandals which have erupted under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership?

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) has been accused of failing to tackle the racism among his supporters 

The anti-Semitism scandal has dogged Labour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader  in 2015.

Here is a timeline of the controversies: 

April 2016:

Labour MP Naz Shah is suspended for anti-Semitic posts – including one in which she appeared to endorse calls for Israelis to be deported to the US. 

She apologised and was given a formal warning.  

Ken Livingstone goes on the radio to defend Ms Shah – but sparks fresh controversy by claiming that Hitler supported Zionism. 

He is suspended by Labour but refuses to apologise and has repeated the claim many times.

He eventually quits Labour two years later, saying his suspension has become a distraction.

June 2016: 

A two-month inquiry by civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti finds that Labour is not overrun by anti-Semitism. 

But the launch is overshadowed when Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth flees it in tears after being accused by Corbyn supporter Marc Wadsworth of colluding with the press.

Critics accuse the report of being a whitewash and Ms Chakrabarti is widely criticised for accepting a peerage from Jeremy Corbyn shortly afterwards.

October 2016: 

The Home Affairs Select Committee says Labour is guilty of incompetence over its handling of anti-Semitism and of creating a safe space for people with ‘vile attitudes towards Jewish people’.

March 2018: 

It is revealed that Jeremy Corbyn defended an artist who painted an anti-Semitic mural and said the offensive art should be removed.

He apologises saying he did not properly look at the picture before he made the post.

Jewish leaders take the unprecedented step of holding a demonstration outside Parliament protesting Mr Corbyn’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism.

Several Labour MPs address the crowds.

April 2018:

Marc Wadsworth is expelled from Labour after being accused of anti-Semitism. 

Meanwhile, Labour Jewish MPs tell of the anti-Semitic abuse they have suffered in a powerful parliamentary debate – and round on their leader for failing to tackle it. 

July 2018:

The Labour leadership sparks fresh anger by failing to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism

Peter Willsman, a strong ally of Jeremy Corbyn, is secretly taped ranting that ‘Jewish Trump fanatics’ invented the anti-Semitism storm engulfing Labour. 

In an angry diatribe at a meeting of Labour’s ruling executive committee, he said he was ‘amazed’ there was evidence party members hated Jews.

He claimed ‘some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump – they are Trump fanatics’ before shouting: ‘So I am not going to be lectured to by Trump fanatics making up duff information without any evidence at all.’

August 2018:

Jeremy Corbyn issues a video insisting he is committed to tackling the racism – but it is panned by Jewish leaders.

Corbynistas mount a social media campaign to get deputy Labour leader Tom Watson to quit after he criticises the party’s handling of anti-Semitism. 

The Daily Mail exclusively publishes photos of Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath at a ceremony where a terrorist linked to the Munich massacre was honoured.

The Labour leader insists he was there to honour others killed – but faces fresh calls to quit over the scandal. 

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