On 28th January 2010, Mr Corbyn’s hosting of the ‘Never Again for Anyone–Auschwitz to Gaza’ event  was reported, and was described at the time by various Jewish groups as “despicable” and “an appalling offence.”
On 13th August 2015, it was noted that Mr Corbyn had described it as his “honour and pleasure” to host “our friends” from Hamas and Hezbollah in parliament  and that, according to Mr Corbyn, he had extended his invitation to these groups and spoken of them in such warm terms because all sides need to be involved in the peace process. It was further noted, however, that the Hamas charter explicitly resists negotiated peace settlements and states: “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement… There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad.”
On 15th August 2015, video footage from 2012 was published, showing Mr Corbyn saying of Sheikh Raed Salah (see  above): “[Salah] is a very honoured citizen. He represents his people extremely well and his is a voice which must be heard…I hereby renew my invitation to Sheikh Salah to come to Parliament, meet with me, meet with my colleagues. You will be assured of a very warm welcome. I look forward to giving you tea on the terrace because you deserve it.”
On 19th August 2015, it was reported that Mr Corbyn’s office had responded to five questions posed by the Jewish Chronicle in advance of the Labour leadership election, relating to Mr Corbyn’s association with, and support of, individuals known to hold antisemitic views. The fourth question related to his support for the Revd Stephen Sizer , asking: “Why did you write to the Church of England authorities to defend Rev Stephen Sizer, a vicar banned from social media because of his habit of posting antisemitic conspiracy theories, telling them that Rev Sizer was “under attack” because he had “dared to speak out over Zionism”?
The response from Mr Corbyn’s office suggested that the JC was “conflating two issues,” and argued that: “Mr Corbyn wrote to the Church authorities two years before the 9/11 ‘conspiracy’ post about a different matter altogether. At this point Mr Sizer was involved in a dispute about his involvement in Middle East political issues and Mr Corbyn supported his right to do so. It was much later that Mr Sizer was found to have posted the link to the 9/11 article and then disciplined by the Church.” It added that Mr Corbyn had “made no intervention on [the Revd Stephen Sizer’s] behalf or in his support on that question. Neither was he asked to.”
The JC also reported responses given by Mr Corbyn’s office with regard to his association with Holocaust denier Paul Eisen and his “Deir Yassin Remembered” group, (which has been categorised as a Holocaust denial hate group). Mr Corbyn claimed not to have made a donation to the group, as had been alleged; he also said that, while he had attended meetings in the past, he no longer did so. A further response stated: “Jeremy believes that Mr Eisen’s position on the Holocaust is wrong and reprehensible.” It was also suggested that “in the early stages of DYR’s existence it attracted broad support and only later did Mr Eisen’s views on the Holocaust become apparent.”
In response to the questions posed by the JC, a Labour spokesperson said: “During the course of his work to forward peace processes between disparate groups Jeremy has met many people with views he finds reprehensible. But he believes in determined dialogue and persistent diplomacy as a means to bring about peace whether between neighbours, between peoples or between states. He is a prominent campaigner for human rights, quite without malice. He does not have an antisemitic bone in his body.”
On 6th November 2015, barely two months after his election as Labour leader, Mr Corbyn’s apparent support for the Mear One mural  was revealed, and it was reported that his office had been approached for comment. It is unclear whether an explanation was forthcoming at that time.
On 25th May 2016, Mr Corbyn’s involvement in the Labour Conference on Palestine  was reported, and it was noted that Labour Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On 3rd June 2016, following the release of the documentary in , it was noted that, whilst Mr Corbyn had shown repeated reluctance to act against members of the Labour Party, such as Ken Livingstone, who had been accused of antisemitism, he appeared to reserve his condemnation for those who were intent on exposing it.
On 4th July 2016, during his submission of evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on antisemitism, it was put to Mr Corbyn, in relation to : “Finally, you sponsored a Labour movement conference on Palestine which called for Labour to disaffiliate from its Jewish arm and denounce “the Zionist state as racist”. Do you stand by those statements?” Mr Corbyn responded: “No, I don’t believe that to be the case.”
On 21st September 2016, it was reported that the promotional video in  had been withdrawn following widespread criticism. It was further reported that Jon Lansman (Chair of the pro-Jeremy Corbyn group Momentum) had privately apologised and said that a public apology would be forthcoming.
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn reportedly said the video had been produced by his campaign team and not his official office. At the time of writing Campaign Against Antisemitism is not aware of any explanation or apology by Mr Corbyn himself.
On 23rd September, 2016, Campaign Against Antisemitism filed a complaint with the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. It charged that Mr Corbyn had breached the Party’s Conditions of Membership as set out in Chapter 2, Clause I (8) of the Party’s Rule Book by committing acts grossly detrimental to the Party in characterising Jewish people as dissembling and dishonest in their reporting of antisemitism, and by using the influence and prestige of his office to disseminate and normalise that lie, contrary to Chapter I, Clause IV (2) (B) of the Party’s Constitutional Rules. The complaint was ignored, however. The complaint cited his failure to defend Ruth Smeeth at the launch of the Chakrabarti report but instead leaving laughing and joking with the perpetrator Marc Wadsworth (subsequently expelled); the campaign video in ; and his generalised failure to push back against allegations by senior colleagues and supporters that Jewish complaints of antisemitism were “smears”.
On 20th May 2017, it was reported that Mr Corbyn had allegedly been considered a “stalwart” supporter of the Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR) group for a number of years after the antisemitic views of its organisers had been exposed. It was further alleged that, although the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (of which Mr Corbyn is a patron) had severed ties with DYR in 2007 over antisemitism, Mr Corbyn had attended an event in 2013 organised by Paul Eisen and Gill Kaffash (an alleged Holocaust denier and former Labour councillor). Mr Corbyn is reported as having insisted that, had he known Mr Eisen was a Holocaust denier, he would have had nothing to do with DYR. He said it was false to suggest that he had any knowledge of their views when he attended the event in 2013. He also reportedly said that, had Mr Eisen come out as a Holocaust denier in 2000 when he established the organisation, he would not have given it his backing.
On 8th March 2018, following the publication of a report on a secret Facebook group called “Palestine Live” in which antisemitic content and comments were shared freely, it was reported that Labour had suspended a number of Party members who had posted in the group. Mr Corbyn had also been revealed to be a member, although he claimed not to have seen any antisemitic content; he also said that his participation had been limited, but included organising a talk to be given by a controversial activist, Max Blumenthal. The event was organised with the founder and administrator of the Facebook group, Eleanne Green, with whom Mr Corbyn evidently had a personal bond, and who has disseminated material reminiscent of neo-Nazi material on the site, tolerated and interacted with Holocaust denier Paul Eisen (Mr Corbyn’s former associate at Deir Yassin Remembered), and shared, posts claiming, inter alia, that “Zionists” are “killing children and stealing children to sell them on the black market.” Afterwards, Mr Corbyn thanked those who had attended Mr Blumenthal’s talk on the “Palestine Live” Facebook group in a thread with Ms Green. A further exchange included in the report shows Mr Corbyn interacting in a thread that elsewhere contains antisemitic content.
On 22nd March 2018, it was reported that Mr Corbyn had been found to be a member of a second Facebook group in which antisemitism was on open display. He had reportedly been added to the “History of Palestine” group in 2014 by Mosabbir Ali (the former chair of Banglatown and Spitalfields Labour Party, expelled from the Party for antisemitism in 2017), but a spokesperson for Mr Corbyn said that he had been added without his knowledge.
On 23rd March 2018, then Labour MP Luciana Berger tweeted that she had requested an explanation for Mr Corbyn’s apparent support for the Mear One mural , and that she was still waiting for a response from his office.
Later that day, it was reported that Mr Corbyn’s office had issued the following statement: “In 2012, Jeremy was responding to concerns about the removal of public art on grounds of freedom of speech. However, the mural was offensive, used antisemitic imagery, which has no place in our society, and it is right that it was removed.”
It was further reported that Ms Berger had expressed dissatisfaction with the response from Mr Corbyn’s office, saying: “It fails to understand on any level the hurt and anguish felt about antisemitism.”
A second statement was later reportedly issued, in which Mr Corbyn said: “I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and antisemitic. The defence of free speech cannot be used as a justification for the promotion of antisemitism in any form. That is a view I’ve always held.”
On 24th March 2018, Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a second disciplinary complaint about Mr Corbyn to the Labour Party.
On 26th March 2018, it was reported that Mr Corbyn was a member of a third Facebook group in which antisemitic discourse was freely shared. Mr Corbyn had reportedly been a member of the “Labour Party Supporter” group (which was also created and moderated by Mosabbir Ali) for seven years.
On the same day, it was later reported that Mr Corbyn had left the Facebook group following publication of the earlier report. A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn reportedly said: “Jeremy has never posted in the group, did not follow its content and was not an active participant.”
On 28th July 2018, Campaign Against Antisemitism reported that it was preparing a third disciplinary complaint against Mr Corbyn in relation to the emergence of his comments in [10a].
On 1st August 2018, Mr Corbyn’s sponsoring of the Early Day Motion to rename Holocaust Memorial Day  and his hosting of the “Never Again for Anyone–Auschwitz to Gaza” event  were reported. A Labour Party spokesman, speaking on behalf of both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell reportedly said: “This was a cross party initiative, jointly sponsored by a senior Conservative MP, to emphasise the already broader character of Holocaust Memorial Day. It is not our policy to seek a name change for this important commemoration.” It was also reported that Mr Corbyn had apologised after hosting the meeting in Parliament , saying “I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject. I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.” However, he did not apologise for his role in organising, chairing and hosting the event.
On 2nd August 2018, Mr Corbyn’s comments in [10b] were also reported, in relation to which, a Labour spokesman reportedly said: “In 2012 Jeremy was commenting on the prison conditions of Palestinian prisoners, including elected representatives. He was of course in no way supporting or endorsing the actions of the prisoners, but defending their rights under international law, including those held without trial under administrative detention laws inherited from British rule. He welcomed the exchange of prisoners on both sides as part of a reduction of tensions.”
The then Labour MP Joan Ryan, who was Chair of Labour Friends of Israel at that time, reportedly demanded an investigation into Mr Corbyn’s comments, saying: “It is beyond abhorrent that the leader of the Labour Party would ever welcome the release of such depraved terrorists. These evil individuals were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Israelis, including children and survivors of the Holocaust. These terrorists did not seek peace, only death and destruction. I will be calling on the party to investigate this matter immediately as I believe Mr Corbyn’s actions bring the Labour Party into disrepute.”
On 7th August 2018, when footage of Mr Corbyn’s interview with Press TV in  had emerged, it was reported that a Labour spokesperson had said that the Israeli government was “well known to run an effective and highly professional media operation.” Jennifer Gerber, chair of Labour Friends of Israel described Mr Corbyn’s remarks as “deplorable”; Labour MP John Mann, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism, suggested that Mr Corbyn should “set the record straight immediately, preferably by making a statement on the BBC”.
On 10th August 2018, it was reported that, in a speech to the Palestine Return Centre in 2013, Mr Corbyn had compared Israeli actions in the West Bank to the occupation of Europe during World War II. Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel, was reported to have said: “Earlier this week, we discovered that Jeremy Corbyn engaged in wild conspiracy theories questioning Israel’s right to exist. Today, it is revealed he drew comparisons between conditions in the West Bank and the Nazi occupation of Europe. It is increasingly clear that his opposition to adopting the IHRA definition in full appears to be overwhelmingly driven by his own appalling past statements.” However, a Labour spokesman reportedly said: “Jeremy was describing conditions of occupations in World War Two in Europe, of which there are multiple examples, not comparing the Israeli State to Nazis.”
On 10th August 2018, photographs were published which apparently showed Mr Corbyn helping to lay a wreath in a cemetery in Tunisia in 2014. It was alleged that, although Mr Corbyn insisted he was there to honour the memories of Palestinians killed in an air strike in 1985, the photographs showed him in close proximity to the graves of members of the Black September group who had been responsible for masterminding the murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
It also emerged, on 10th August 2018, that Mr Corbyn had, in fact, written about the event at the time, indicating that wreaths had been laid for both the victims of the 1985 air strike (misidentified in the article as having happened in 1986) and for those who had been assassinated in 1991 (of the PLO members buried in the cemetery thought to have belonged to Black September, Atef Bseiso — head of intelligence for the PLO and thought to have masterminded the Munich murders — was killed outside a Paris hotel in 1992, and Salah Khalaf — accused of having founded Black September — was killed in Tunis in 1991).
On 13th August 2018, it was reported that Mr Corbyn had admitted to being present at the wreath-laying ceremony for the Black September members thought to be behind the Munich massacre, saying: “I was present when it was laid. I don’t think I was actually involved in it.” This, despite photographic evidence showing him holding a wreath at the alleged site of the grave of the Black September members, and the photograph of the identical wreath laid on the grave which was included in his 2014 Morning Star article, in which he himself records his presence: “After wreaths were laid at the graves of those…killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991, we moved to the…” Photographic evidence also records Mr Corbyn manipulating an identical wreath, and the wreath itself in place on the grave.
On 23rd August 2018, the video footage of Mr Corbyn’s speech in  was revealed, and it was reported that the conference in question had been promoted on the website of the proscribed military wing of Hamas, the genocidal antisemitic terrorist organisation.
A Labour spokesperson reportedly said: “Jeremy Corbyn has a long and principled record of solidarity with the Palestinian people and engaging with actors in the conflict to support peace and justice in the Middle East. That is the right thing to do.” A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn also reportedly said: “Jeremy is totally opposed to all forms of antisemitism and is determined to drive it out from society. At this event, he was referring to a group of pro-Israel activists misunderstanding and then criticising the Palestinian Ambassador for a speech at a separate event about the occupation of the West Bank.”
On 31st August 2018, it was reported that Mr Corbyn had been accused of misleading Parliament after failing to reveal to the 2016 Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into antisemitism that he had met with board members of Deir Yassin Remembered at Parliament in 2014.
On 23rd September 2018, Mr Corbyn appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. In response to a question about his perception of the Mear One mural  (“What did you first think when you saw that?”), he responded: “Well, I was worried about the idea of murals being taken down…and I sort of asked some questions about that and actually the mural was taken down and I was perhaps too hasty in my judgement on that. But it has been taken down and I’m glad it has.”
Reminded by Mr Marr that the Holocaust Educational Trust had said, “This mural was blatantly antisemitic using images commonly found in antisemitic propaganda. It is impossible not to notice,” Mr Corbyn replied: “It also has other symbols in it as well, doesn’t it, on freemasonry and so on.” Andrew Marr continued: “Do you not think it strange that you didn’t immediately think that’s dodgy?” Mr Corbyn responded: “I was concerned about the idea of taking down public murals and I’m pleased to say it was taken down.” Andrew Marr finally asked Mr Corbyn directly whether he now conceded that the mural was antisemitic; Mr Corbyn replied: “I think it should never have been put up.”
In the same interview, Mr Corbyn was asked about the footage which had emerged in . When it was put to him that many Jewish people considered his words antisemitic, he attempted to justify them as having been prompted by concern for the upset apparently caused by Jewish activists to Manuel Hassassian on a previous occasion, and the desire to support him. Asked by Andrew Marr: “Given what Jewish comrades, Jewish members of the Labour Party have said about this, do you now accept that what you said was antisemitic?” Mr Corbyn replied: “Well, it was not intended to be antisemitic in any way and I have no intention and have absolutely opposition in every way to antisemitism though I can see where it leads to. I can see where it leads to now in Poland, in Hungary, in Central Europe, I can see where it led to in the past. We have to oppose racism in any form and I do.”
On 4th January 2019, it was reported that footage had emerged of Mr Corbyn at a conference in 2011, applauding a speaker who called for the dismantlement of Israel and said that Zionism had “kidnapped” Judaism. The speaker, Yisrael Dovid Weiss, is a member of the Neturei Karta — a tiny sect, shunned by other Jews, who are implacably opposed to the existence of the State of Israel, and whose views are so extreme that they have, for example, visited Iran to participate in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial conference. A Labour Party spokesperson was reported as saying: “Jeremy Corbyn has a long and principled record of solidarity with the Palestinian people and he attended this public meeting to show his support for peace and justice in the Middle East. He and the Labour Party support a two state solution to the conflict, with a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable Palestinian state”.
On 2nd April 2019, when it emerged that Mr Corbyn had apparently blamed the “Zionist lobby” for securing the deportation of Raed Salah , it was reported that Mr Corbyn had continued lobbying on behalf of Mr Salah and had expressed himself to be “delighted” in April 2012, when Mr Salah’s appeal against deportation was successful. It was further reported that, during the Labour leadership competition of 2015, Mr Corbyn had claimed to be unaware that Mr Salah had been convicted of racist incitement over his invocation of the blood libel. A Labour spokesperson reportedly said: “Jeremy Corbyn is a determined supporter of justice for the Palestinian people and opponent of antisemitism. He condemns support for Palestinians being used as a mask for antisemitism and attempts to silence legitimate criticism of Israel by wrongly conflating it with antisemitism.” The spokesperson also reportedly cited “widespread criticism of the attempt to deport Raed Salah,” adding: “His appeal against deportation succeeded on all grounds.”
However, it was noted that, in the 2012 appeal on Mr Salah’s deportation, whilst the Upper Tribunal had ruled in his favour, the tribunal had dismissed the attempt to suggest that Mr Salah had not invoked the blood libel as “wholly unpersuasive”, and that its judgement said: “We do not find this comment could be taken to be anything other than a reference to the blood libel against Jews.”
On 2nd May 2019, after Mr Corbyn’s article in  had been discovered, it was reported that a Labour spokesperson had said: “The suggestion that Jeremy was talking about Jewish people, when he commented on the greater level of media influence the Israeli government has than the Palestinian leadership, is entirely false, and itself relies on a damaging antisemitic trope.”
On 8th May 2019, it was reported that Mr Corbyn was being urged to resign as a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign after it emerged that Palestine Solidarity Campaign activists throughout the country had shared antisemitic content on social media in the name of their local Palestine Solidarity Campaign branches. It was reported that the Labour Party had declined to comment. At the time of writing, Mr Corbyn remains a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
On 22nd May 2019, it was reported that, writing in the Morning Star in 2005, Mr Corbyn had apparently defended a speech by then President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, in which the latter had called for Israel to be “[wiped] from the face of the Islamic world,” saying that its “salient points” had been overlooked by “sensationalist headlines” about the speech’s language.
On 8th June 2019, it was reported that Mr Corbyn had given his full support to Lisa Forbes, who had been accused of sharing and endorsing antisemitic content on social media prior to her election as MP for Peterborough, saying: “Lisa Forbes is a good woman. Not a racist in any way whatsoever.”
On 13th June 2019, it was reported that one of the activists who had been identified as being the subject of his comments to Andrew Marr on 23rd September 2018 (in relation to incident ), Mr Richard Millett, was seeking libel damages from Mr Corbyn on the basis of his accusation that “Zionists” had “berated” Manuel Hassassian.
On 31st July 2019, the circumstances of the “Never Again for Anyone–Auschwitz to Gaza” event in  were reported once more.
On 1st August 2019, it was reported in The Times that then Labour MP John Mann had stated that the event went against “any form of normal decency,” and that the then Labour MP Louise Ellman had said she was “appalled.” The Labour MP Stephen Kinnock tweeted: “This is now a full-blown crisis for our Party. 3 things must happen today: Jeremy Corbyn must confirm that likening Israel to the Nazis is an anti-semitic [sic] act…the NEC must adopt the IHRA definition in full, and the Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin inquiries have to be halted.” As far as we are aware, Mr Corbyn not comply with Mr Kinnock’s request.
On 1st August 2019, it was reported that photographs and footage had emerged showing Mr Corbyn attending and speaking at a pro-Palestine rally in 2009 at which a variety of antisemitic banners were on prominent display, many comparing Israel with the Nazis. One featured an Israeli flag in which the Star of David had been adapted to form a swastika. Another image showed a child holding a hand-made sign on which was drawn a Star of David next to a swastika, followed by the word “Holocost” [sic]. Other protesters reportedly held banners branding the Jewish state “child killers” and “thirsty for blood,” invoking the imagery and language of the medieval blood libel. Dame Margaret Hodge MP was reported as saying: “It’s appalling. You have got to question why Jeremy chooses to spend his time with people who have such a twisted world view and who are grossly anti-semitic [sic].” A Labour Party spokesperson was quoted as saying: “Like other politicians, [Jeremy Corbyn] has attended many demonstrations, and is obviously not responsible for the banners that other people bring along.”
On 4th August 2019, further details confirming the content of the “Never Again for Anyone–Auschwitz to Gaza” event in  emerged.
On 21st September 2019, it was reported that Mr Corbyn had been a signatory to the 2002 Cairo Declaration, in which Israel was accused of perpetrating “genocidal crimes against the Palestinian people.” The document also urged the formation of “solidarity committees which oppose war on Iraq, and the genocidal crimes faced by Palestinians, supporting their right to resistance and struggle for liberation,” whilst failing to acknowledge the many acts of terrorism carried out under the pretext of that “struggle,” accusing the US of protecting Israel from international censure by asserting “false claims” such as supposedly equating “the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people to resist occupation, liberate their land and return to their homes…with terrorism.” Jennifer Gerber, the director of Labour Friends of Israel, was reported as saying: “Jeremy Corbyn’s disturbing obsession with the world’s only Jewish state is once again clear for all to see. This declaration shows not an ounce of sympathy for the hundreds of innocent Israelis who were being brutally murdered at the time by Palestinian terrorists on buses, [in] pizza restaurants and nightclubs. No wonder the Jewish community fears Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.”
On 19th November 2019, it was reported that footage had emerged of a 2008 pro-Palestine rally in London (held to coincide with the 60th anniversary celebrations for the creation of Israel) in which Mr Corbyn could be seen standing by as a speaker (Ismail Patel, chair of the campaign Friends of Al-Aqsa, which has been accused of having links with the terror organisation Hamas) said: “We see the impact of Zionism on Palestinians, but it has had a devastating effect on the Jewish community itself: it has made them immoral in justice. How can you have a community that can celebrate 60 years of dispossession? How can you have a community that celebrates the killings of innocent Palestinian people? This is what Zionism has done to Judaic faith.” Mr Patel went on to praise the group Jews for Justice [for Palestinians] and the anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Neturei Karta, saying they had “gone above Zionism and seen Zionism for what it is.” As the speaker left the stage, Mr Corbyn could be seen apparently congratulating him by patting him on the arm.
On 25th November 2019, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Mirvis, wrote in The Times, condemning the Labour Party’s handling of complaints of antisemitism, calling claims that the Party is “doing everything” it reasonably can to tackle anti-Jewish racism and that it has “investigated every single case” a “mendacious fiction,” and stating: “It is a failure to see this as a human problem rather than a political one. It is a failure of culture. It is a failure of leadership. A new poison – sanctioned from the top – has taken root in the Labour Party.”
On 26th November 2019, Mr Corbyn was interviewed by the BBC’s Andrew Neil. Mr Neil’s first question to Mr Corbyn was to elicit his response to the Chief Rabbi’s intervention, in answer to which Mr Corbyn spoke of having “developed a much stronger process” and of having “sanctioned people that have behaved in an antisemitic way” before talking about the rise of the far-right in Europe.
At this point Mr Neil interjected: “But it’s not the far-right he’s worried about. I’m sure he is worried about the far-right but that’s not the result of this unprecedented intervention. It’s about you and how antisemitism rose as a problem in the Labour Party after you became Leader. Why?” Mr Corbyn responded: “It didn’t rise after I became Leader.”
Mr Neil challenged Mr Corbyn, saying: “You said in the ITV debate that anyone who has committed any antisemitic act in the Labour Party, they’ve been suspended or expelled and you’ve investigated, your words, ‘every single case.’ The Chief Rabbi has called that ‘a mendacious fiction.’ And he’s right, isn’t he?” Mr Corbyn responded: “No, he’s not right.”
Later in the interview, Mr Corbyn was invited by Mr Neil to offer an apology to the British Jewish community for the Labour Party’s antisemitism, but he repeatedly failed to do so.
On 29th November 2019, it was reported that a leaked document appeared to cast doubt on Mr Corbyn’s claim to Andrew Neil that he had “strengthened processes” in the period since a Labour member had received a simple “reminder of conduct” in spite of having shared Holocaust-denial material, and that “during the last few months” he had “proposed that egregious cases should be fast-tracked.” An investigation by television journalists, however, located an internal Labour Party document reportedly showed that as recently as mid-October 2019, a senior party insider hadn’t expected the policy to be implemented until after the general election. On 4th December 2019, an unknown “party insider” described as a “prominent”, “vocal” supporter of Mr Corbyn contacted the investigators and claimed that the policy was in place, but nevertheless confirmed it had only been used once, and that lesser sanctions, rather than suspension or expulsion had been applied.
It was reported that the Labour Party did not initially respond to a request to provide proof that such a policy had been implemented, but subsequently pointed to remarks made by Labour’s General Secretary Jennie Formby in Jewish News on 27th November 2019 (published after Mr Corbyn’s BBC interview, and after the request for confirmation about the new policy was made), in which she said: “Just this month a number of members have been expelled using these new powers.”
Doubt was also cast on Mr Corbyn’s assertion during a leaders’ debate that “Where anyone has committed any antisemitic acts or made any antisemitic statements, they are either suspended or expelled from the party and we have investigated every single case.” It was noted that, according to figures sent by Jennie Formby to Labour MPs, between April 2018 and February 2019, dozens of Labour members had been given sanctions other than suspension or expulsion. It was also noted that, according to a Labour Party source, a complaint would only be registered as a “case” (and thus be included in the official figures) if an investigation was launched. We also note that, in November 2019, the prospective parliamentary candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Maria Carroll, for example, was reported by Welsh Labour to the national Party for investigation over her role in administering a group which provided support for Labour members facing disciplinary action for alleged antisemitism (including Holocaust denial), but the Party decided not to do so.
On December 3rd 2019, Mr Corbyn appeared as a guest on ITV’s This Morning. One of the presenters, Philip Schofield, challenged Mr Corbyn over the Chief Rabbi’s assertion that “Jews are justifiably anxious about the idea of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister,” citing his words: “A poison sanctioned from the top has taken root in Labour.” Mr Schofield then invited Mr Corbyn to apologise to the Jewish community for antisemitism, becoming increasingly persistent, until Mr Corbyn said: “Obviously, I’m very sorry for everything that’s happened, but I want to make this clear: I am dealing with it. I have dealt with it. Other parties are also affected by antisemitism. Candidates have been withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives and by us, because of it. We do not accept it in any form whatsoever. And I think the Chief Rabbi’s comments really ought to be taken for what they are…”
At the time of writing, on 3rd December 2019, there is no evidence that Mr Corbyn has ever been censured or disciplined by the Labour Party for his actions and comments.
Campaign Against Antisemitism is grateful to activists whose research contributed to this report.