Jeremy Corbyn supporters have been accused of leaving ‘anti-Semitic’ comments on a Go Fund Me campaign raising money to defend the former opposition leader.
Supporters have raised more than £190,000 on behalf of Mr Corbyn as he faces legal action after criticising the party’s decision to apologise and pay damages to anti-Semitism whistleblowers.
Carole Morgan, from Ryde in South East England, organised the Go Fund Me to let the former Labour leader know his fans have ‘not forgotten him’. The Islington North Labour Party said she set it up in good faith.
The campaign smashed the target of smashing the target of £20,000 in under 24 hours.
But some of the comments that have since been left on the fundraiser by supporters have been criticised as ‘anti-Semitic’.
Jeremy Corbyn, pictured, faces legal action after criticising the party’s decision to apologise and pay damages to anti-Semitism whistleblowers
Some supporters commenting on a Go Fund Me campaign in support of Jeremy Corbyn have been criticised as ‘anti-Semitic’
Campaign Against Antisemitism said that it is ‘depressingly unsurprising’ that some people donating to the campaign are doing so as they ‘espouse Mr Corbyn’s own views on antisemitism’.
Commenting on the campaign, one supporter said: ‘We love Jeremy Corbyn and he is all we got! Him being seen and propagated by reich wing media and portrayed like he can be the next Shitler is absurd beyond belief! I met Jeremy Corbyn is a very lovely and full of compassion for others! I am proud to make donations to this honourable person.’
Another person commented: ‘Corbyn supports PALESTINE. Like all in the civilized world.’
Other supporters slammed the legal action against Mr Corbyn as a ‘witch-hunt’.
Addressing these comments, a spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism told MailOnline: ‘Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour Party became institutionally antisemitic, driving Labour’s own workers to defy their own Party and blow the whistle on the Jew-hatred within it.
‘It was Mr Corbyn’s senior team that directed a forceful effort to drag the whistleblowers’ name through the mud, in some cases driving them to the point of considering suicide.
‘Instead of apologising in shame for the attempts to bully and silence these principled whistleblowers, Mr Corbyn has now attacked the Labour Party for apologising to them.’
Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn slammed the legal action against Mr Corbyn as a ‘witch-hunt’, in comments left on the fundraiser
The Campaign Against Antisemitism spokesperson added: ‘It is absolutely right that he should be held to account in court for doing so, and it is depressingly unsurprising that some of those now donating money to cover his self-inflicted legal bills are doing so because they espouse Mr Corbyn’s own views on antisemitism.
‘When the Equality and Human Rights Commission completes its investigation into institutional antisemitism in the Labour Party, people will see for themselves how the Party of anti-racism became riddled with Jew-hatred. Mr Corbyn’s toxic legacy is the normalisation of antisemitism into the mainstream of British politics.’
The fundraiser comes after seven former party staff members and journalist John Ware are bringing a case against the former opposition leader, after he attacked successor Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to settle a libel claim sparked by a BBC Panorama documentary.
On Wednesday, Mr Corbyn said the party’s decision to make a £500,000 payout was ‘disappointing’ and ‘a political decision’.
Mr Corbyn went on to say that the legal advice the party received said it had a ‘strong case and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.’
Carole Morgan, from Ryde in South East England, organised the Go Fund Me, which has raised more than £190,000. The Islington North Labour Party said she set it up in good faith
When asked if action would be taken arising from Mr Corbyn’s statement after the hearing, lawyer Mark Lewis, from Patron Law, who represented the Panorama whistleblowers and Mr Ware, said: ‘I can confirm that I have been instructed to pursue cases.’
The party agreed to pay out around £370,000 to seven former members on Wednesday but is now facing a further 42 civil claims, with fears the bill could run into the millions.
Supporters of Sir Keir Starmer have blasted former leader Jeremy Corbyn for the legal strife, after he criticised Wednesday’s settlement as being a ‘political not legal’ decision.
He has been accused of sparking the wave of legal claims now facing Labour.
Many of the cases, which are being handled by two law firms, are believed to be linked to an internal report on the party’s handling of anti-Semitism and focus around allegations of libel and breaches of data privacy.
The document, leaked shortly after Sir Keir took the reins in April, includes claims over party officials’ conduct and names some of the complainants.
Former Labour general secretary Lord McNicol, who stepped down during Mr Corbyn’s leadership, is among those taking action.
Seven former party staff members and journalist John Ware are bringing a case against Mr Corbyn, after he attacked successor Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to settle a libel claim
The party’s mounting legal cots are expected to grow even further following the launch of an independent inquiry into its handling of anti-Semitism and a reported lack of legal insurance.
Senior officials have warned of potential seven-figure payouts, though claims the total bill could top £8 million are disputed.
A Labour frontbencher told the Telegraph: ‘We’re paying the price with money that could be used serving the public.
‘The question now is how deep is the hole the Labour Party has been dug into by Corbyn and his acolytes.’
A second shadow cabinet minister added: ‘This is the Corbyn legacy. People should be angry.’
Wednesday’s payout and apology is part of a settlement aimed at drawing a line under allegations made during Mr Corbyn’s leadership that the party had allowed the overt hatred of Jewish people to fester.
The decision was welcomed by MPs and Jewish Labour activists who have long campaigned against anti-Semitism within the party.
Supporters of Sir Keir Starmer have blasted former leader Jeremy Corbyn for the legal strife, after he criticised Wednesday’s settlement as being a ‘political not legal’ decision
But in a sign that the move could reignite factional infighting with the party’s hard Left element, Mr Corbyn and his followers including Unite leader Len McCluskey attacked the payout.
Writing on Facebook Mr Corbyn said: ‘The Party’s decision to apologise today and make substantial payments to former staff who sued the party in relation to last year’s Panorama programme is a political decision, not a legal one.
‘Our legal advice was that the party had a strong defence, and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.’
Mr McCluskey, whose union is Labour’s largest financial backer, added: ‘Today’s settlement is a misuse of Labour Party funds to settle a case it was advised we would win in court.
‘The leaked report on how anti-Semitism was handled tells a very different story about what happened.’
However, Labour sources rubbished claims the party should have taken up a court battle, with the cost of losing a trial estimated to be up to £2m.