Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has been criticised for anti-semitism after he called for a mural to be kept which was anti-semitic. The mural, entitled ‘Freedom of Humanity’, was removed from East London in 2012.
At the time Corbyn had posted on Facebook referring to its removal:
“Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller [sic] destroyed Diego Viera’s mural because it includes a picture of Lenin”.
Luciana Berger, the Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, had earlier said on Twitter:
“I asked the Leader’s Office for an explanation about this Facebook post first thing this morning. I’m still waiting for a response”.
After being asked about his comments Corbyn said:
“I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic”.
Berger responded by saying that Corbyn’s response had been “wholly inadequate”.
Ian Austin, the Labour MP for Dudley North, also criticised his leader, saying:
“Jeremy would never have defended racist imagery aimed at any other group”.