Former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn launched a new human rights organization Sunday — but apparently forgot to register the domain name for the Peace and Justice Project.
The website projectforpeaceandjustice.com has been acquired by critics of Corbyn, and they are using it to mock him for his strident criticism of Israel and alleged soft-pedaling of anti-Semitism in Labour’s ranks. Corbyn’s announcement of the new group came after he was stripped of his parliamentary membership in Labour last month following a report into anti-Semitism in the opposition party, and his response to the report, although he is challenging his removal.
In a play on the group’s mission statement, visitors to the website are greeted with the message, “Bringing folk together for social and economic justice peace and human rights in UK and around the world but not Israel.”
A short blurb about the project’s history jokes that it was set up by Brits expelled from Labour because “the commute to Hamas HQ wasn’t covered by expenses.”
Corbyn faced criticism for calling Hamas and Hezbollah “friends” in a 2009 speech and for participating in a panel with leaders of the Palestinian terror group in 2012, among other acts seen as sympathetic to those sworn to Israel’s destruction.
A description of the group’s mission needles Corbyn over Labour’s drubbing at the hands of the Conservatives in parliamentary elections last year — the party’s worst performance since 1935 — saying it is committed to effecting change “like installing a massive majority Tory govenment [sic].”
The website also makes fun of Corbyn for his outreach to Jews during his time as Labour chief, including his sharing of an illustrated greeting for Passover that included a loaf of bread. The consumption of bread and other leavened foods is strictly prohibited during the Jewish holiday.
“As I sit here now with Naomi breaking chunkah [sic] ham donuts with her, I am reminded how at this time of year we should open our homes to everyone regardless of their views…no wait not you Piers piss off we agreed you’d keep your distance for a bit until things die down if i paid your fines,” a mock Hanukkah greeting on the site says. That appears to be a reference to Corbyn’s brother, who was fined for breaking lockdown violations by joining a protest.
At the bottom of the webpage, the copyright says “this project does not accept the working definition of antisemitism by the IHRA,” referring to Labour’s adoption of a more limited definition that omitted some of the alliance’s language around criticism of Israel. After an outcry, the party adopted the full definition but added a “free speech” caveat, leading to further criticism.
Additionally, the website includes photos of Corbyn laying a wreath during a 2014 ceremony honoring the terrorists behind the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, for which he was widely denounced when the images surfaced in 2018.
The launch of Corbyn’s new group came after a report by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found Labour under his leadership had broken the law in its “inexcusable” handling of anti-Semitism complaints.
The watchdog group’s investigation found that Labour under Corbyn was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.” It specified two instances, relating to former London mayor Ken Livingstone and a local councilor, in which Labour breached the Equality Act “by committing unlawful harassment” against Jewish people.
But in defiance of the party’s new leadership under Keir Starmer, Corbyn refused to accept all its findings and questioned the motives of the two-year independent probe.
He insisted the scale of the problem had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”
That prompted his immediate suspension pending an internal investigation, and the “whip” was withdrawn, meaning he could not sit with other Labour MPs in the House of Commons. Then, in an unusually rapid process, his party membership was restored by a party disciplinary panel following a more conciliatory statement from the former leader.
Starmer, who was elected leader in April, nevertheless refused to allow Corbyn to come back to the parliamentary party after vowing to root out anti-Semitism in Labour that saw Jewish members and lawmakers leave in droves.
Agencies contributed to this report.