The announcement of no confidence motions in Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger has sparked an outbreak of antisemitism in Labour-supporting Facebook groups.
The motions proposed by members in Liverpool Wavertree CLP attacked Berger for “continually using the media to criticise the man we all want to be prime minister”. One of the motions was put forward by a local activist with a history of attacks on Berger branding her a “disruptive Zionist”.
While John McDonnell and others were denying the motions were motivated by Berger’s speaking out against antisemitism in the same week, members of pro-Corbyn Facebook groups were attacking her as a “sad puppet of Israel” and a “snivelling creature [who] slides around on a trail of lies claiming anything and everything is antisemitic.”
One member of the “We Support Jeremy Corbyn” group claimed Berger “is more interested in lobbying for Israel than her own constituency and Labour”. Another in a pro-Corbyn group suggested that Berger should leave Labour to join right-wing Israeli party Likud, and more than one member suggested that Margaret Hodge, another Jewish MP, would be targeted next.
These comments come days after party general secretary Jennie Formby claimed to have warned moderators of pro-Labour Facebook groups over antisemitism. She would later infuriate MPs by suggesting it just wasn’t possible to root out antisemitism from the party.