Numerous past comments by Rob Delaney have surfaced in advance of his event on 4th October with Mr Corbyn, organised by the People’s Assembly to protest the Conservative Party’s annual conference.
Mr Delaney wrote in 2009: “When I think of adorable Jewish baby boys getting circumcised AND having their cute little horns filed off, I get so sad!”
In 2011, he tweeted: “Somebody probably has the phone number 1-800-JEW-FART.” Jews are often subjected to crude flatulence references to the gas chambers, where many of the six million victims of the Holocaust were murdered.
In 2012, he joked about wishing to atone on Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, “for the weeks I’ve wasted on chubby naked Jewish girls on bikes dot com”, and described a song by Van Halen as being “worse than 3 holocausts”.
Some social media users defended the tweets as satire, and Mr Delaney, a Catholic who reportedly attended a Jewish nursery school, has previously that he “wouldn’t even think of living somewhere that wasn’t swarming with Jews.”
Mr Corbyn has often been mocked for his denials of anti-Jewish racism despite his long record of appearing alongside extremely dubious figures, with the former Labour leader sometimes being dubbed the ‘unluckiest anti-racist’ for so often finding himself in the company of these people while insisting on his own blamelessness.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has lodged a complaint against Mr Corbyn, holding him responsible for conduct that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the Labour Party, as the Leader during the period of the EHRC’s shameful findings. Given the serious detriment that this conduct has caused, we are seeking Mr Corbyn’s immediate resuspension and, if the complaint is upheld, we will be requesting his expulsion. On the day of the publication of the EHRC’s report, we also submitted a major complaint against Mr Corbyn and other sitting MPs. These complaints are yet to be acknowledged by the Party, and they must be investigated by an independent disciplinary process that the EHRC has demanded and Sir Keir has promised but has yet to introduce.
The Labour Party was found by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to have engaged in unlawful discrimination and harassment of Jews. The report followed the EHRC’s investigation of the Labour Party in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, submitting hundreds of pages of evidence and legal argument. Sir Keir Starmer called the publication of the report a “day of shame” for the Labour Party.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.
Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.