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UK Labour Party readmits member deemed anti-Semitic

Operator of far-left website wrote of ‘Jewish question’ and ‘Jewish-Zionist bourgeousie,’ defended 9/11 terrorists

Gerry Downing,  pictured on Facebook.
Gerry Downing, pictured on Facebook.

Britain’s Labour Party has readmitted a member who runs a website that publishes articles deemed anti-Semitic.

Gerry Downing, who operates the Socialist Fight website and has defended the Islamic State terror group and the 9/11 terrorists, was expelled from Labour in August for “publicly supporting another political party,” according to The Telegraph.

On Wednesday, during a session in Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron questioned Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to allow Downing back in.

Corbyn has not responded to requests that Downing be removed. The party leader himself has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism.

File: Jeremy Corbyn waves on stage after he is announced as the new leader of The Labour Party during the Labour Party Leadership Conference in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Corbyn will now lead Britain's main opposition party. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
File: Jeremy Corbyn waves on stage after he is announced as the new leader of The Labour Party during the Labour Party Leadership Conference in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 .(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

According to the UK’s Jewish News, Downing posted an article on Twitter last summer titled “Why Marxists must address the Jewish question.” The article accused the “Jewish-Zionist bourgeoisie” and the “pro-Israel ideologues of the War on Terror” of playing a “vanguard role for the capitalist offensive against the workers.”

The Jewish News quoted Parliament member John Mann, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, saying this week, “This man has no place in the Labour Party, he should be thrown out immediately.”

Corbyn’s election last summer generated concern in Britain’s Jewish community, where many resent his views critical of Israel and endorsement of anti-Semitic enemies of the Jewish state, including the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

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