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It came as the Labour leader admitted having been a member of a controversial private Facebook group about Palestine. I have removed myself from it.

Some of the posts include links to Holocaust denial myths, allegations of Israel's involvement in the 9/11 and other terror attacks and the training of Islamic State fighters, as well as conspiracy theories involving the Rothschild family. "Any antisemitism in any form is wrong".

'It is repugnant if there are anti-Semitic posts - and I gather there are. The spokesperson also said that Corbyn should not be held accountable for the discourse.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said there was "no conceivable justification" for Mr Corbyn's involvement in the group and that it would be filing a disciplinary complaint against him to the Labour Party.

Mr Murray said he believed the Labour front bench was the biggest impediment to getting single market membership into the Brexit bill but added: "The country is with us, Labour party membership is with us".

Speaking to Sky News on Friday, shadow chancellor John McDonnell promised "firm action" if any members of the Facebook group found expressing anti-Semitic views were also linked to the Labour Party.

"I know I've been criticised at times because I'm quite heavy on this, and I am heavy and so is Jeremy, we will not allow any racists within our party". It is appalling and we will not accept it.

"I don't think anyone is suggesting that anything that Jeremy has written in any Facebook group or anywhere else constitutes antisemitic comments", he said.

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This doesn't mean that most of the members of this group are anti-Semitic, any more than most people who sympathise with the Palestinians are anti-Semitic.

A report released by an activist who exposes anti-Semitism shows that Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn belonged to an anti-Semitic Facebook group for over a year prior to his election to lead the Labour Party in 2015, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Among the posts on the group, members discuss whether they prefer the term "ZioNazi" to "JewNazi", according to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).

Jacqueline Walker, the former Momentum steering group member who is suspended from Labour for comments calling Jewish people "the main financiers of the slave trade", is also a member.

Any political party has to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism.

"Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party are clearly hoping this will all go away but it won't; their response so far has been totally inadequate".

"We also need to be clear, we could not accept a situation where we were subject to all European Union rules and European Union law yet had no say in making those laws", Mr Corbyn added. Our party has deep roots in the Jewish community and is actively engaged with Jewish organisations across the country. "If we want to fund our radical manifestos to deliver governments for the many, not the few, we must support permanent United Kingdom membership of the European single market and the customs union".

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