The arch conspiracy theorist, Piers Corbyn, has reportedly distributed leaflets in Jewish neighbourhoods comparing the COVID-19 vaccines to the Auschwitz death camp.
Referencing a headline in the Evening Standard that the new COVID-19 vaccines are a “safe path to freedom”, the leaflets apparently showed the slogan atop the infamous gates to Auschwitz.
Mr Corbyn, the brother of the former Labour leader, is a vehement opponent of pandemic lockdowns and has spoken at numerous rallies against lockdown rules, including appearing alongside the antisemitic hate preacher David Icke.
Recently, the former BNP leader, Nick Griffin, also compared the lockdown to Auschwitz.
Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination networks have become known as hotbeds of antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes.
Mr Corbyn has a history of controversy in relation to antisemitic conspiracy theories. He has previously retweeted @whiteknight0011, a notorious neo-Nazi who declared that “They will force Trump in to war What do you think happened to Hitler? Bilderberg CIA IMF Banker Gangsters They are the problem” along with four images. The @whiteknight0011 account has since been suspended. One image showed Lord Jacob Rothschild, the Jewish banker and philanthropist, against the background of a Nazi flag, claiming that he controls the world. A second showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppeteer controlling ISIS through Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, orchestrating the war in Syria and Paris attacks as Lord Rothschild and the Queen look on approvingly. A third image showed the faces of supposed Jewish conspirators who run the world to society’s detriment, proclaiming: “Know your enemy”. The last image showed a family photo of the Royal Family, claiming that they are in cahoots with these Jewish conspirators in committing “the worst genocides, invasions and theft in all history.”
Mr Corbyn has also claimed that “Zionists” were conspiring against his brother: when Jewish then-MP Louise Ellman complained of antisemitic attacks against her, Piers accused her of using it as a cover for political attack, tweeting: “ABSURD! JC+ All #Corbyns are committed #AntiNazi. #Zionists can’t cope with anyone supporting rights for #Palestine”.
Stephen Silverman, Director of Enforcement and Investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Piers Corbyn is an arch conspiracy theorist who was among the first to claim Antisemitism allegations against his brothers were part of an Israeli plot. Comparing the lockdown to the Auschwitz death camp, as former BNP leader Nick Griffin and others have done, is despicable. To deliberately distribute leaflets making that comparison in Jewish areas is vintage Corbyn harassment and baiting of Jews, and demonstrates that this is not about protesting lockdowns: it is about trolling Jews.”