An activist who is delivering training for the pro-Corbyn group Momentum has accused the Chief Rabbi of using “weaponised antisemitism”.
Holly Rigby runs the Abolish Eton campaign, and announced earlier this month that she would be travelling the country to train Labour and Momentum activists on general election campaigning.
Today she has launched an attack on the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis after he expressed concerns about Jeremy Corbyn’s record on antisemitism, branding him “a Boris Johnson supporter” and “an uncritical supporter of Netanyahu and the violent oppression of Palestinians by Israel”. Rigby also claims that the Chief Rabbi’s “attack on Corbyn” has “weaponised antisemitism”.
Rigby’s previous interventions on Labour antisemitism should have cast doubt on her suitability to train Labour members. She repeatedly defended disgraced former Labour MP Chris Williamson after he said the party had been “too apologetic” over anti-Jewish racism, saying “his comments in Sheffield weren’t antisemitic and he shouldn’t have been suspended.” She also criticised Momentum’s decision to drop its support for Labour NEC member Pete Willsman after he was caught on tape blaming the party’s antisemitism crisis on “Jewish Trump fanatics”.
Rigby has also rejected Labour’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, criticising John McDonnell for his support of the move last month.