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Corbyn admits membership of controversial FB group, but denies seeing anti-Semitic posts

Corbyn admits membership of controversial FB group, but denies seeing anti-Semitic posts”

Labour has suspended several party members who posted in a closed antisemitic Facebook group, of which Jeremy Corbyn was also a member, with the party's compliance unit working through a dossier on the group compiled by a campaigner.

The screenshots, gathered by blogger David Collier, catalogue exchanges which apparently took place within the Facebook group, including discussion of conspiracy myths about the Rothschild family and supposed Israeli involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as links to material produced by neo-Nazi groups.

It is understood disciplinary procedures, including suspensions, have been initiated against a number of members of Palestine Live where they have been found to be Labour members, though it is understood that at least one, who had been presenting as a Labour member, was not.

Collier's research, which you can read here, found that numerous active members of the group - the ones who posted most frequently and who use the group for their offline activism - hold anti-Semitic views.

It came as the Labour leader admitted having been a member of a controversial private Facebook group about Palestine. I replied by Facebook message to a couple of things about a suggestion on the vote on recognising Palestine, which I supported, and inviting a doctor to speak at an event.

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Corbyn said he thought the message about what a Labour Government could do would reach out to those who now see independence as the best route to change: "We would challenge austerity, and we would invest in housing, health and education in Scotland and across the country". I have never read all the messages on it.

"I removed myself from the group in 2015".

"Obviously any anti-Semitic comment is wrong. Any antisemitism in any form is wrong".

The Labour leader pledged: "We are ready to put into practice our common-sense policies to end austerity, invest in people's futures and radically transform our society so that it works for the many not the few".

Corbyn himself was a member of the circle - which can not be discovered through normal Facebook searches thanks to its security settings - after being added by another participant. Clive Lewis MP appeared to be a member, as did Corbyn's son, Seb, and a key member of his inner team, Jack Bond. In one comment he aligned himself with a group member who declared that "Israel is illegitimate" and in another he praised the controversial Dr. Mads Gilbert, who said of the 9/11 attacks: "The oppressed also have a moral right to attack the US with any weapon they can come up with". "I am very very careful, it is a secret group".

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Scottish Labour said the motion on single market membership should not be debated as it had been submitted before Mr Corbyn called for the United Kingdom to be in a customs union, and was therefore out of date. Of course I know that we didn't quite win [last year's general election]. The group had thousands of members. "If they involve anyone to do with the Labour party then investigation and disciplinary action will be taken".

Responding to Lord Sacks' comments, a spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: "Jeremy Corbyn and the whole Labour Party condemns and campaigns against anti-Semitism in all its forms".

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"One of Mr Corbyn's slogans is "standing up, not standing by", but in this case he has not stood up but instead he actively joined in", Glasman said.

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