Jeremy Corbyn defends attendance at Jewdas event

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Corbyn, who has in the past expressed admiration for the Islamic terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, has been accused of not doing enough to tackle anti-Semitism within his party.

According to them, Corbyn's attendance shows that he has aligned himself with a group that is unconcerned by anti-Semitism.

Mr Lansman replied: "I think we all should".

"We have to take that seriously, and we have to take every allegation of anti-Semitism seriously even if sometimes people opportunistically seize upon anti-Semitism as an issue to undermine Jeremy, it doesn't matter if that's the reason, we've still got to take the allegation seriously".

Speaking in response to the criticism on Tuesday, he said that "it was very interesting talking to a lot of young people about their experiences of modern Britain and I learned a lot".

Will he now introduce stricter rules for Labour Party members that are still making anti-Semitic statements, particularly on social media?

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Schooled in left-wing, protest politics, Mr. Corbyn's worldview seems to have remained much as it was when he entered Parliament in 1983, at the beginning of a long period on the fringes of the Labour Party. "It is a collective space where we can have uncomfortable conversations - what unites us all is the fact that we are Jewish", she said, after attending the event in London.

Asked if he had any regrets about being at the Jewdas event, the Labour leader said: "Not in the slightest".

I recognize that anti-Semitism has surfaced within the Labour Party, and has too often been dismissed as simply a matter of a few bad apples.

Political blog Guido Fawkes published a recording from the Seder where those in attendance were heard to be booing the names of leading Jewish figures such as Jonathan Arkush, chairman of the Board of Deputies responsible for arranging the protest against Corbyn in Parliament Square last week.

But in a piece for the pro-Labour website LabourList, Charlotte Nichols, one of the attendees of the Jewdas event, said Corbyn was right to attend the gathering.

The group added: We are proud to be Jews and proud of everyone who attended, whether they were Jewish or not.

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He added that it was "deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community days after they pleaded with him to tackle anti-Semitism". "Isn't that a good thing?"

Labour MPs who attended the anti-racism rally in Westminster last week amid a row over anti-Semitism within the party should not be targeted for deselection by local activists, Jon Lansman has said.

The Jewish Labour Movement said Corbyn's decision to take part in the event "topped off the worst week on record of terrible relations between the Labour Party and the Jewish community".

Karen Pollack, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, tweeted that Corbyn's action "was clearly deliberate".

Mr Lansman said past comments by Jewdas about Israel were "certainly not helpful to Jeremy or the cause of opposing anti-Semitism in the Labour Party".

Jewdas responded to the criticism on Twitter, posting: "This has been a hard week to be a lefty Jew".

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