The head of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, and BBC reporter Yolanda Knell were allegedly members of an invite-only Facebook group through which virulent anti-Semitism was promoted.
By: World Israel News Staff
The UK Labour Party confirmed this week it is investigating as many as six party members for their involvement in a secret Facebook group that trafficked in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial, and other ideologies promoted by racist sources such as the Daily Stormer.
Among the Labour members alleged to be involved with the Facebook group are party head Jeremy Corbyn. Screenshots obtained by the UK’s Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) allegedly show Corbyn participating “right up until his first weeks as leader of the Labour Party,” claimed CAA.
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 New York terror attacks and material produced by former KKK leader David Duke, among other offensive content.
The screenshots include discussions in which group members use terms such as “JewNazi” and “ZioNazi.” In one thread, a member comments “[I] am reading Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler] … everybody should be forced to read it, especially Jews who have their own agenda as to why they were not liked,” reported the Jewish Press.
While the Labour Party’s logo was allegedly displayed in the group in connection with pleas to join the Party, group members posted links to neo-Nazi websites and other incendiary content.
Labour is no stranger to accusations of anti-Semitism. The party last April banned former London Mayor Ken Livingstone for a year after he claimed that Hitler supported Zionism before he “went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”
In addition to Labour members, BBC reporter Yolanda Knell was also exposed as a member of the Facebook group. Knell has served as BBC’s correspondent reporting from its Jerusalem bureau.