UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn is again under fire, this time for attending a Passover seder with a leftist Jewish group that wants Israel destroyed, and who have called the accusations of antisemitism leveled at Corbyn and the Labor party as “the work of cynical manipulations by people whose express loyalty is to the Conservative party and the right-wing of the Labour party”.
Yes, this is what he chose to do at a time he and his party are accused of antisemitism.
And the event itself was as bad and antisemitic as you might think. You can find the entire Hagadah (book from which the seder is conducted) here. As you can see, besides expressing a wish that Israel be destroyed, it utterly mocks Judaism, including our mourning over the Temples in Jerusalem. Here are some examples:
And there’s more.
— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) April 2, 2018
And how did Corbyn and his camp respond to the criticism?
Step 1: By stating he attended as Jeremy Corbyn and not as Labour party leader.
A spokesman for Corbyn said the leader had attended the Seder in a personal capacity and not as head of the party.
What a relief Corbyn is only antisemitic when off-duty as leader!
Step 2: Claiming he learned a lot from the seder.
Speaking during a visit to Swindon, Corbyn said the event was “a celebration of Passover, which I celebrate with young Jewish people from my own community and my own constituency”.
“It was very interesting talking to a lot of young people about their experiences of modern Britain and I learned a lot. Isn’t that a good thing?”
It is almost as if he is baiting us Jews. And I am not alone in that assessment.
Labour MP John Woodcock said Corbyn was irresponsibly taunting British Jewry.
“This is deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community days after they pleaded with him to tackle antisemitism,” he tweeted. “And he must know that meeting them now will give his members the message that the group’s extreme views are ok. Irresponsible and dangerous.”
The Campaign Against Antisemitism said Corbyn’s attendance at the Jewdas Seder was “a very clear two-fingered salute [the British version of the finger] at mainstream British Jewry.”
“It is hard to imagine how this duplicitous man can claim to be remedying antisemitism within the Labour party,” said campaign chairman Gideon Falter. “Given the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour Party, there is absolutely no way that Mr Corbyn can claim that this too was an oversight. The party must consider the message that is sent to British Jews and other minorities by him remaining as leader.”
Karen Pollack, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, tweeted that Corbyn’s action “was clearly deliberate. No question of intent. Mocking. And disrespectful.”