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John McDonnell goes off message over Jeremy Corbyn's Facebook posts

Report UK Labour leader belongs to secret anti Semitic Facebook group John McDonnell goes off message over Jeremy Corbyn's Facebook posts
Melinda Barton | 09 March, 2018, 23:45

The screenshots, which were collected by blogger David Collier, expose exchanges that allegedly took place within the group, which discuss conspiracies about Israeli involvement in the 9/11 NY terror attacks and material produced by former KKK leader David Duke, among other offensive content.

According to Collier, Corbyn was a member of the "Palestine Live" group at the time he was elected Labour leader in 2015, which hosted people such as Max Blumenthal, a controversial speaker accused of anti-Semitism.

"I removed myself from the group in 2015".

Labour MEP Catherine Stihler who has backed Scottish Labour for the Single Market group alongside Ms Dugdale and Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray said it would be "disappointing" if delegates were not given their say and said:"We are a democratic party and should be having a debate".

"Obviously, any anti-Semitic comment is wrong".

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has published screenshots of messages purported to have been posted on the group.

He told the BBC it would be a "mistake" to "throw all our eggs in the basket of saying the Scottish Labour Party supports full membership of the single market" while negotiations were ongoing.

JEREMY CORBYN has declared it would be "wrong" for the United Kingdom to sign up to staying in the Europe's single market post-Brexit if such a deal would prevent Labour from implementing its "radical plans" for Britain.

Mr Corbyn has said he was signed up to the Palestine Live forum without his knowledge and later replied to messages on it, but added he was not fully aware of the group's content.

Among the Labour members alleged to be involved with the Facebook group are party head Jeremy Corbyn. "Any anti-Semitism in any form is wrong".

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. But what it does confirm is the long-held suspicion that some anti-Semites use anti-Israel activism as a socially-acceptable outlet for their anti-Jewish prejudice; and that this includes some of this country's leading anti-Israel activists.

The UK Labour leader will deliver his keynote address to Scottish Labour's spring conference at the Caird Hall in Dundee this afternoon.

"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", he added.

In response to the suspensions, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks called on Labour to "adopt a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism".

Mr Corbyn committed his party to staying in a customs union, seemingly putting his party on a clearer footing.

"We strengthened our rules past year to guarantee there is no place in Labour for prejudice or bigotry".