A Jewish student has told Campaign Against Antisemitism of how he was violently assaulted at a Labour Party rally.
The student attended a Labour Party rally yesterday in Bristol carrying a placard stating that Jeremy Corbyn is a racist, in order to highlight the issue of Labour antisemitism and Mr Corbyn’s culpability in the Party’s antisemitism crisis.
He reported that he and his friends faced a torrent of antisemitic abuse, including: “f*** you, you filthy Jew”; “Who’s funding you?” and “I bet the Israeli Government has paid you to be here”. The student added that he and his friends were called “Tory operatives” and that they were “selfish” for “only caring about antisemitism”. They also faced repeated demands to justify the policies of the Government of Israel, despite not having brought Israel up in their exchanges with the Labour supporters
The student says that he was physically attacked twice and that Labour supporters successfully wrestled the placard out of his hands outside City Hall, and in the scuffle he sustained a small cut to his hand.
The student has reported the incident to Avon and Somerset Police, who have confirmed that they are investigating and will examine CCTV.
In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism has shown that Jeremy Corbyn is personally responsible for 24 incidents of antisemitic discourse, which is equal to fifteen percent of all recorded incidents involving parliamentary candidates and party leaders. Overall, Labour Party candidates for Parliament account for 82 percent of all incidents.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right, and that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the party leader of choice for those who hold multiple antisemitic views.
On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
Over 58,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”