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UK's Labour suspends members active in 'antisemitic' Facebook group

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PA Wire  PA Images                   Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn appears to have left the group shortly after he became opposition leader in September 2015 after holding membership for a year.

Some users are said to have shared articles by conspiracy theorist David Icke, and David Duke, former grand wizard of the KKK.

The Labour party, already embroiled in a number of incidents relating to anti-Semitism, has launched an official investigation into the group's activities and has promised it will follow through with disciplinary action for those found to be promoting derogatory material.

"It recognises that since individual motions were submitted, the situation regarding Brexit has changed significantly - Jeremy Corbyn has outlined a proposal that puts clear red water between Labour and the Tories and the SNP government has introduced unprecedented legislation in the form of the EU Continuity Bill".

Europhile campaigners, including former Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale, had planned to use a debate tomorrow [SUN] to call for remaining in the single martin.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism published screenshots of messages said to have been posted on the Palestine Live group. If they involve anyone to do with the Labour Party then investigation and disciplinary action will be taken'.

"And given Ian Murray's such a keen supporter of the single market, it seems Labour's leader and most senior Scottish MP are at bitter odds on this vital matter".

Screenshots obtained by the UK's Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) allegedly show Corbyn participating "right up until his first weeks as leader of the Labour Party", claimed CAA.

Director of Labour Friends of Israel, Jennifer Gerber harshly rebuked the recent revelations.

Labour was engulfed in a new anti-Semitism row last night after it emerged that Jeremy Corbyn was in a Facebook group riddled with prejudice against Jews and Israel. "We have long known about the kind of company that he keeps and this is simply further confirmation of a deeply disturbing pattern of behavior".

Mr Corbyn met inspirational businesswomen.

He added: "Had I seen it, of course, I would have challenged it straight away but I actually don't spend all my time reading social media".

Since Corbyn assumed leadership of the Labour party a series of controversies relating to his seemingly one-sided pro-Palestinian rhetoric, failure to stamp out anti-Semitism in his party and past actions, have led to a tumultuous relationship with British Jewry.

Corbyn himself has been accused of antisemitism, in particular due to his ties to individuals involved with or supportive of Hamas and Hezbollah, his terming of the groups as "friends", and his links to Holocaust deniers.

The head of Labour's global section gave money to a campaign against a group fighting anti-Semitism in the party.

Following the meeting on October 3, 2017, in a thread contributed to by activists who overtly disseminate anti-Semitism, Corbyn acknowledged those who organized the event, and apologized for his absence.

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