British Prime Minister David Cameron took to the floor of the House of Commons and told opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to address accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
Mr. Cameron said Labour’s purported anti-Semitism was a signal of “even worse things happening to ethnic groups,” and it cannot be ignored any longer.
Labour has struggled to address claims of anti-Semitism in recent weeks and earlier this month activist Vicki Kirby was suspended in a long-standing row over the issue.
Conservative Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green) raised the matter during Prime Minister’s Questions, asking: “Do you agree with me, that all organisations public and private should root out anti-Semitism without hesitation?”
Mr. Cameron replied: “I completely agree with you. Anti-Semitism is an absolute cancer in our societies and we should know that when it grows it is the signal of many even worse things happening to ethnic groups and different groups all over our country.
“There is sadly a growth of anti-Semitism in our country and we see it in terms of attacks on Jewish people and Jewish students and it absolutely has to be stamped out. We should all, all of us, whatever organisation we’re responsible for, make sure that happens.
“And I have to say we do see a growth in support for segregation and indeed for anti-Semitism in part of the Labour Party and I’d say to the leader opposite it’s his party, he should sort it out.”
As Breitbart London has reported, Ms. Kirby was probed by the Labour party in 2014 after a series of posts on Twitter in which she suggested Adolf Hitler might be a “Zionist God” and Jews had “big noses.” Another comment apparently read: “I will never forget and I will make sure my kids teach their children how evil Israel is!” Ms Kirby was subsequently reinstated with a warning before being suspended again.
Allegations relating to Oxford University Labour Club are also being investigated in a separate matter that is continuing to undermine Mr. Corbyn’s party leadership.
Alex Chalmers, an undergraduate at Oriel College, resigned as co-chairman of the club in February after claiming a large proportion of members “have some kind of problem with Jews,” and some sympathise with Islamic militant group Hamas, as Breitbart London reported.
A spokesman for Mr. Corbyn said later: “There’s been a small number of people who have made anti-Semitic comments, and the Labour Party is cracking down on that.
“We’ve suspended people who have made unacceptable comments. Jeremy has consistently and regularly condemned all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism.”
The spokesman said Labour’s former mayor of Bradford, Khadim Hussain, had been suspended over allegedly anti-Semitic comments.
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