According to Jewish leaders in Britain, the Labor Party has a long history of disturbing behavior.
In 2016, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended by the party after he told Adolf Hitler was a supporter of Zionism in the 1930s. An internal review soon after revealed that there was "much clear evidence" of "ignorant attitudes" towards the country's Jewish population.
Current Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is a sharp critic of Israel. Since his nomination as party leader, he has had to defend himself against allegations that some of his followers are anti-Semitic. Earlier this month, Corbyn admitted that he was a member of a Facebook group that posted anti-Semitic views, even though he said he had never seen the news.
Then, on Friday, Labor legislator Luciana Berger, who is Jewish, challenged Corbyn's office to explain something he had posted on Facebook five years ago. In the post office, he responded to Los Angeles-based artist Kalen Ockerman, who complained that one of her street pictures in London was anti-Semitic over criticism.
"You are in good company," wrote Corbyn. "Rockerfeller [sic] destroyed Diego Viera's mural because it contained a picture of Lenin."
The mural apparently shows a group of Jewish bankers and financiers playing monopoly on the backs of naked people. (Ockerman denied that the painting was anti-Semitic.) In an e-mail to Bloomberg she wrote that "although historically several characters could be Jewish [descent] or ideology, my intent was to illustrate the privileged elite of the upper ruling class.
In response to the resurgent post in Corbyn, a number of Jewish groups gathered in front of parliament on Monday for demonstrating "repeated institutional failure" to address prejudice against Jews
"We have had enough to hear that Jeremy Corbyn & # 39; opposes anti-Semitism & # 39; while the mainstream majority of British Jews and their concerns are being ignored by him and those he leads, "they wrote in an open letter. 19659012] "Jeremy Corbyn did not invent this form of politics, but he has lived in it all his life and now personifies his problems and dangers Do not comment on anti-Semitism, but it does not do anything to understand or address it. We conclude that he can not seriously consider anti-Semitism because he is ideologically fixated on an extreme left-wing ideology that is instinctively hostile to established Jewish communities.
Corbyn has since apologized for his message and regrets that he no longer looks closely at the "deeply troubling and anti-Semitic" mural: The Labor Party must "commit itself wholeheartedly to eliminating anti-Semitism in and around our Party he said in a statement by the Associated Press.
Corbyn has also said that he will deal with Jewish leaders in the coming days.