Tony Woodhouse, the chairman of Len McCluskey’s Unite union and an important ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, left a pejorative comment on the Facebook page of former Labour minister Ivan Lewis.
Mr Woodhouse confirmed that the comment had come from his account but denied responsibility, insisting that his social media account had been hacked. Mr Woodhouse has apologised to Mr Lewis.
Mr Lewis, who is an independent candidate in the general election, described the comment as antisemitic and demanded an investigation.
Campaign Against Antisemitism is submitting a complaint to the Unite union further to this incident.
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 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.