A Jewish Labour MP was forced to rely on police protection at the party’s annual conference that kicked off yesterday, as a colleague said anti-Semitic Labour members should be send to Auschwitz to learn the consequences of hatred towards Jews, The Times reported Monday.
Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool, was escorted by two police officers as she returned to the conference hall, after attending an anti-Semitism rally in her constituency organized by the Jewish Labour Movement.
After months of trolling and threats by anti-Semitic supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the MP said: “We are under attack. There are Jews in this country who do not feel safe.”
Speaking on the fringes of the Labour conference in Liverpool, Rosie Duffield, the MP for Canterbury, said Labour should send anti-Semitic party members to Auschwitz to understand how poisonous their views are.
“I defy anyone who repeats any of the anti-Semitism tropes you see in the social media arena at the moment to go there and to still say and feel the same things,” she said. “And I think they should be sent there actually by the Labour party to see what people went through if they carry on repeating those things.”
Duffield recently faced a vote of no confidence in her constituency for attending a rally against anti-Semitism. The MP has been accused by supporters of Corbyn of being in the pay of Israel.
Another Labour politician, Stella Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow, warned that unless the issue of anti-Semitism in the party was properly tackled by the leadership, racism will fester.
“Nazism doesn’t turn up fully formed wearing black shiny boots and black shirts and goose-stepping,” she told the rally. “It builds bit by bit, it gains little by little, it paints itself as the victim – it paints its victims as the enemies, as traitors, the ’other’, with dual loyalty.”
The MPs issued their warning as Corbyn refused to apologize for a series of controversial statements he made about Jews and for his failure to address anti-Semitism in the party ranks. “I have spent my whole life fighting racism in any form. I will die fighting racism in any form,” he said when BBC presenter Andrew Marr urged him to apologize to the Jewish community in an interview on Sunday morning.
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