Jewish Labour MPs to Get Bodyguards at Party Conference, Report Says

The MPs have suffered anti-Semitic abuse from party leader Corbyn's 'hardline supporters,' Daily Mail writes

Jeremy Corbyn after a lecture exploring the role of the media at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 23, 2018.
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Jewish members of Britain's Labour Party who have suffered abuse from party leader Jeremy Corbyn's "hardline supporters" will be offered bodyguards at an upcoming party conference, the Daily Mail reported Sunday.

According to the report, the Jewish Labour Movement discussed providing security for Jewish MPs Dame Margaret Hodge, Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth, all three of whom have been the target of anti-Semitic abuse.

Berger made headlines recently for criticizing Corbyn after video footage emerged of him saying that British "Zionists" are unable to understand British culture despite living in the U.K. all of their lives.

Berger said that she feels "unwelcome" in her own party after Corbyn's "unexcusable comments." The video was recorded in 2013 and was featured on Hamas' English language website.

The conference will take place from in Liverpool from September 23 until 26. "The CST are reporting back with a full assessment of the security requirements. There is a real concern about safety," the report quoted a source as saying.

"This conference will be particularly tense as much of the worst anti-Semitic trolling on the internet has been traced back to hotspots in Merseyside [near Liverpool]," the source added.

The footage that emerged of Corbyn was the latest incident of a string of revelations detailing the Labour leader's antipathy for the Jewish state and highlights the widening gap between the British left and the country’s Jewish community.

Earlier this week it emerged that Corbyn’s longtime secretary had urged Labor supporters to oppose candidates who appeared in the Jewish media. In a pamphlet published by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in 2010, Nicolette Petersen recommended that Labour supporters “read the Jewish Chronicle online and look at websites that will show you who not to vote for,” asserting that it was better to divert support from Labour than to support anyone considering himself a “friend of Israel,” according to The Sun on Monday.

Last month, Britain’s three Jewish newspapers, including the Chronicle, united in publishing a front-page editorial warning of the “existential” threat to British Jewry that a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose.

“We do so because the party that was, until recently, the natural home for our community has seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel,” the editorials said, referring to the Labour Party. “The stain and shame of anti-Semitism has coursed through Her Majesty’s Opposition since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015.”