Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader, Defends Sharing Seder With Jewdas

Jeremy Corbyn criticised for attending event hosted by far-Left Jewish group

Created in London more than a decade ago, Jewdas is a group of left-wing activists who are at odds with most of Britain's mainstream Jewish organizations.

The group also called recent protests against Corbyn for failing to tackle anti-Semitism "faux-outrage greased with hypocrisy and opportunism".

It said: "Labour takes all complaints of anti-Semitism extremely seriously, which are fully investigated and appropriate disciplinary action taken in line with our rules and procedures".

As Mr Lansman finally admitted "I think all people who participate in making decisions about the cases, yes,", Ms Derbyshire said claimed it was "extraordinary from him to call on Mr Corbyn to educate himself".

Jonathan Goldstein, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, this morning said Corbyn needed to stand up for Labour MPs who had been "vilified" for attending the rally rather than attending the Jewdas event. In a statement on social media, Labour MP John Woodcock said meeting the group gave the message that "extreme views are OK".

Jewish leaders in the United Kingdom penned a lengthy letter about the anti-Semitism problem that's increased in intensity since Corbyn took over.

He later said: 'To make out that it's somehow anti-Semitic for him to spend Seder with them just because they're far left is balls'.

But a leading Corbyn supporter said his attendance at the event was "not as significant as it's being made out".

Criticism of the Labour leader reached a crescendo last week when 1500 demonstrators protested outside Parliament Square in central London calling for severe punishments against antisemitic members of the party.

He wrote to the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council last week to ask for an urgent formal meeting to discuss tackling anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and in society.

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However the Campaign Against Antisemitism said Corbyn's "Jewdas" Seder attendance was a "very clear two-fingered salute [British curse] at mainstream British Jewry". "Isn't that a good thing?"

'Jeremy was invited to a Passover Seder with Jewish members of his local community, ' said the spokesman.

Comedian David Baddiel dismissed the suggestion Jewdas was a "fringe group" that "despises" mainstream jews.

Ivor Caplin, the spokesman for the Jewish Labour Movement, said Corbyn's attendance at the event "topped off the worst week on record of terrible relations between the Labour Party and the Jewish community".

"It's a radical diaspora Jewish group that has taken an explicitly non-Zionist stance, alongside satirizing the many absurdities of the British Jewish community and throwing excellent parties", according to a founder of the group, Joseph Finlay.

Amid the row, Labour's new general secretary Jennie Formby emailed party members to say she will use this week to "ensure the full implementation" of the recommendations of Shami Chakrabarti's 2016 report into anti-Semitism within Labour.

Karen Pollock, the chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, claimed that Corbyn's meeting was "clearly deliberate".

Mr Lansman said past comments by Jewdas about Israel were "certainly not helpful to Jeremy or the cause of opposing anti-Semitism in the Labour Party".

Jewdas responded to the criticism on Twitter, posting: "Great that there's so much interest in our work tonight!"

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