Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are backing a new drive by influential leftwing social media accounts to call out anti-Semitism among those claiming to support the Labour leader.
Pro-Corbyn groups like Momentum, as well as individuals with large followings, have in recent weeks mobilised the Left to combat anti-Jewish tropes and propaganda on the internet.
Those close to him have welcomed and encouraged the determined effort to root out the problem, but HuffPost UK understands that there is frustration in the leader’s office that the online abuse continues despite the pushback.
To minimise the number of Jewish victims of the Holocaust, is Holocaust denial. 6 million Jews were killed, not 270,000. I am reporting & unfollowing this person and I hope a lot of my followers do the same. These people give Corbyn and us all a bad name. We must call it out! https://t.co/CZdrstXgtA
.@chelleryn99 has been campaigning for Corbyn since before he was even on the ballot in 2015. We're with @EL4JC on this: If you're attacking, accusing or smearing Chelley – for calling out a Holocaust-denying antisemite – then please unfollow 👍
High profile Twitter accounts that support Labour leader, including Corbyn’s early social media guru Ben Sellers, have also condemned abuse and encouraged their large number of followers to do the same.
Please support @chelleryn99 – she is doing a brave job calling out holocaust deniers and is sadly getting abuse from a few idiots for it. She’s been with JC since day one, and is a brilliant activist. ❤️✊🏼❤️ https://t.co/GldJJMNpUo
It’s shocking that anyone is coming to @cosmiclandmine ‘s defence. This is clear antisemitism and if you defend him, you’re not an ally. To be anti-racist, you must oppose all forms of racism. #NotInMyName
💯 agree with @chelleryn99. No place for Holocaust deniers anywhere near the labour movement, and that’s what this is: this kind of thing is diametrically opposed to socialism. Astonishing to think that anyone could think any different. https://t.co/v0ynqCRVDv
Corbyn’s office hope this strategy will cause the party’s base to take the issue more seriously and take a zero tolerance approach towards others who engage in anti-Semitism online.
Most of the people reported to the party are investigated are believed not to be Labour members – but their support for Corbyn still tarnishes the party
Labour has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism all summer, with some MPs and members blaming Corbyn for failing to do enough to tackle the problem.
Lord Sacks, the former former chief rabbi, has branded Corbyn himself an “anti-Semite” who “supported racists, terrorists, and dealers of hate”.
Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said Field’s decision to sit as an independent MP must serve as a “major wake up call” for the party.
And Labour MP Wes Streeting warned last night “anti-Semitism and the toxic political culture of our party” was close to becoming “a full-blown existential crisis”.
A Labour Party source said: “While Jeremy Corbyn, the Party, Momentum and other prominent people on the left have repeatedly denounced anti-Semitism and party processes have been strengthened to tackle it, there are some claiming to be supporters who have continued to make anti-Semitic comments online.
“Our grassroots is playing a vital, every day role, to create a zero tolerance approach and actively provide political education on social media to combat these online anti-Semites who must be challenged and whose support we don’t want.”