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Attack on women is ‘dark side of Corbyn camp’

THE Labour Party has been slammed for its failure to deal with antisemitic abuse towards women on social media.

And the Campaign Against Antisemitism called it the “dark side of the Corbyn camp”.

The comment came after another week of abuse saw resignations and harassment online.

* Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Rose resigned from the party, saying that she “did not join the Labour Party to watch racism against Jews make headlines every single day”.

* Jewish actress Tracy Ann Oberman admitted to breaking down in tears after receiving antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

* Television presenter Rachel Riley, who is also Jewish, was branded as “Tory, brainwashed and thick” after she criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to deal with antisemitism.

CAA chairman Gideon Falter slammed: “These thugs are mostly targeting women in a concerted effort to silence those who criticise Jeremy Corbyn over antisemitism.

“We see no signs of action being taken against these individuals despite thousands of complaints about antisemitic and abusive behaviour to the Labour Party.

“This is the dark side of the Corbyn camp that is understandably causing so many Jews to fear for their future in Britain.

“Now more than ever, we need people to put politics aside and join the national movement of solidarity at togetheragainstantisemitism.com”

A Board of Deputies spokesman said: “It is a sad statement on where we currently stand on antisemitism that those who take a brave stand on the issue are receiving abuse on social media. This nasty trolling must be universally condemned.”

UJS president Ms Rose told Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby that the party had a “complete inability and lack of political will to tackle antisemitism, whether malicious or simply misguided”.

She added: “Like so many others in my community, I do not leave the Labour Party because my politics or values have changed, rather because the party has made clear through its actions that I am not welcome.

“Words mean nothing when the actions of so many speak louder.”

Ms Oberman faced a torrent of online abuse after speaking out against Momentum’s decision to host a speaker who had once sprawled anti-Israel graffiti on the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto.

She admitted that it brought her to tears.

She tweeted: “I’m crying in the car, I am so so so upset by the fact that a) I have to post this stuff b) @UKLabour members feel they can justify it and belittle my feelings. My great uncle was the only survivor of our family in #WarsawGhetto. I loved him. And @PeoplesMomentum disrespect this.” (sic)

More abuse was given to Countdown presenter Ms Riley after she tweeted two screenshots, one showing London mayor Sadiq Khan wishing Jews a happy Rosh Hashana, and another of an article alleging Mr Corbyn praised an activist who called for Israeli MPs to be assassinated.

The 32-year-old captioned the post: “Another game of spot the difference between Labour leaders... @MayorofLondon vs Jeremy Corbyn.”

She also shared articles discussing antisemitism in the Labour party, but was met with a backlash.


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