Labour party leader MP Jeremy Corbyn marked his latest Jewish brouhaha last Friday night when he attended a seder conducted by Jewdas, a London-based, radical Jewish diaspora group known for its far-left, anti-Zionist views and events, Reuters reported Tuesday.
Jewdas has been described as “a secretive organization based upon anarchistic lines, and engaged in political, cultural, and artistic activities.
Representatives of the organization use the collective pseudonym Geoffrey Cohen in speaking to the media.
In May 2015, the group led thirty people on its inaugural Birthwrong trip to Andalusia, Spain, which it promoted as “a trip for anyone who’s sick of Israel’s stranglehold on Jewish culture and wants to get away on a raucous holiday […] See Maimonides! Get p****d! Do some Jewish tourism! Spend Shabbat with Andalusian Jews! Shvitz in a hammam! Visit a communist village! Get p****d!”
The seder Corbyn attended was celebrated in Islington North, which is part of his district.
True to its agenda, Jewdas has been on the record calling the anti-Semitic incidents associated in recent years with the Labour party “the work of cynical manipulations” by the right flank of Labour, as well as by the Conservative party.
Reuters quoted Labour MP John Woodcock, who accused Corbyn of “deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community.” The Holocaust Educational Trust was also unhappy with the Labour leader’s Passover choices.
A week ago, according to Reuters, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies organized a protest in Parliament Square against the “pockets of anti-Semitism” in the Labour party.
Jewdas said in a statement: “We are proud to be Jews and proud of everyone who attended, whether they were Jewish or not […] change is coming. Revolution will come.”
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, which is organizing a rally on April 8 to pressure Corbyn to crack down on anti-Semitism inside Labour. CAA Chairman Gideon Falter issued a statement saying: “Given the anti-Semitism crisis engulfing the Labour Party, there is absolutely no way that Mr Corbyn can claim that this too was an oversight.
“Following the events of the past few weeks and indeed the past three years, this is a very clear two fingered salute at mainstream British Jewry. It is hard to imagine how this duplicitous man can claim to be remedying anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. The Party must consider the message that is sent to British Jews and other minorities by him remaining as Leader.”