An anti-semitic mural lies at the center of the Corbyn controversy.
British Jews are reacting to the latest incident of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. The incident also witnessed Corbyn express his regret for apparently showing his support for Mear One, who crafted an anti-Semitic mural in 2012. As per Jewish leaders, the row over this mural is simply the latest evidence that the Labour Party is incapable of contemplating anti-Semitism. The reason is that the party is so much ideologically attached with a far-left view of the world which is naturally hostile to the mainstream Jewish communities.Jeremy Corbyn has apologized for the anti-Semitism prevalent in a few sections of the Labour Party. He said in his statement on March 25 he fully condemns any form of anti-Semitism. He added that as a leader, he will not be tolerant of any kind of anti-Semitism which exists in the Labour movement. He acknowledged anti-Semitism is present in some portions of the Labour Party, causing hurt and pain to the Jewish community not only within the Labour Party but also in the United Kingdom.
The Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies of British Jews urged their supporters to put on a show of solidarity. The event will take place outside Parliament as the Labour MPs hold their scheduled weekly meeting. Corbyn will not attend the meeting.
The mural at the center of the storm depicts a cluster of white businessmen along with Jewish financiers playing a game, believed to be Monopoly, on a board. The board game is being played on the backs of people. The mural also includes another feature, subsequently removed by the Tower Hamlets Council after it received numerous complaints, where an activist held a banner. The banner had a sentence which read: "The new world order is the enemy of humanity."
Corbyn commented on the Facebook account of Mear One, whose real name is Kalen Ockerman when the artist revealed that his work is scheduled to be whitewashed. The 2012 comment read that the artist is not alone in this predicament. The Labour Party chief pointed out that Diego Viera's mural was destroyed by Rockefeller as it had Lenin's picture.
I asked the Leader’s Office for an explanation about this Facebook post first thing this morning. I’m still waiting for a response. pic.twitter.com/DL8ynBtES4
— Luciana Berger (@lucianaberger) March 23, 2018
Other than the mural, Jonathan Goldstein, chairman, Jewish Leadership Council, and Jonathan Arkush, president, Board of Deputies, claim that Corbyn is friends with Hamas and Hezbollah. They also cited his opposition to extradition of Raed Salah, the controversial Muslim cleric.
Jeremy Corbyn was right to apologise over the mural. Labour is also right to crack down on anti-Semitism wherever it manifests (and it *must*).
— Owen Jones? (@OwenJones84) March 27, 2018