Jackie Walker, the vice-chair of the Labour campaigning group Momentum, has been called on to resign, just months after she was suspended from the party before following allegations of hate speech.
Speaking at an event at Labour Party conference which was organised by the Jewish Labour Movement she said:
“In terms of Holocaust day, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust day was open to all people who experienced holocaust?”
“I still haven’t heard a definition of antisemitism that I can work with”.
Jeremy Newmark, the chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, said:
“I am appalled that somebody who has already caused great hurt and pain to so many Jewish people by promoting an antisemitic myth would come to a training session designed to help party activists address antisemitism and use the occasion to challenge the legitimacy of the training itself”.
The comments have proved a distraction for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the party, who said in his conference address today:
“We know that robust debate has at times spilled over into abuse and hate around our party, including misogyny and anti-Semitism, especially on social media. That is utterly unacceptable. Our party must be a safe and welcoming space for everybody and we will continue to take firm action against abuse and intimidation.
And let me be absolutely clear, anti-Semitism is an evil, it led to the worst crimes of the 20th century, every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that it is never allowed to fester in our society again. This party always has and always will fight against prejudice and hatred of Jewish people with every breath in its body”.
The Independent newspaper reported that senior Labour figures were likely to suspend Walker again from the party.