(JTA) – Jewish delegates to the upcoming British Labour Party conference will be given bodyguards over fears for their safety from supporters of party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The protection also will be offered to Jewish Labour Party lawmakers, the Daily Mail reported late Saturday.
The newspaper reported that the Jewish Labour Movement has held talks with the Community Security Trust (CST), which oversees security for the Jewish community in Britain, about providing security for next month’s conference, which will be held in Liverpool.
Jewish Labour lawmaker Luciana Berger, who serves as Parliamentary chair for the Jewish Labour Movement, on Saturday slammed Corbyn for statements made in 2013, but which surfaced last week on video, in which he said that “Zionists” were unable to understand British ways of thinking despite growing up in the country.
Berger said she felt “unwelcome” in her own party after Corbyn’s “inexcusable comments.”
The Daily Mail quoted an unnamed source as saying that “CST are reporting back with a full assessment of the security requirements. There is a real concern about safety.”
Labour members who questioned the loyalty of British Jews have been investigated as part of Labour Party internal inquiries into anti-Semitism, the party told the newspaper.
A party spokesperson also told the Mail that the party “is committed to the security and well-being of all Jewish people.”
“Jeremy is determined to tackle anti-Semitism both within the Labour Party and wider society and the Party is committed to rebuilding trust with the Jewish community,” the party said in a statement on Saturday night.
Writer and activist Adam Ma’anit in a series of tweets accused Labour of sinking “into an anti-Semitic cesspit of its own making.”
Ma’anit, who said his 16-year-old cousin Orly Ofir was killed by terrorists linked to ex-Hamas military leader Husam Badran, who appeared at a 2012 conference in Doha with Corbyn, also tweeted that “Recently revealed details of Corbyn’s troubling past associations means I can no longer remain silent. This is personal.”
“At the ‘remarkable’ Doha conference, this supposed ‘man of peace’ Corbyn described contributions from recently released ‘brothers’ like Badran as ‘ascinating and electrifying.’ I felt sick to my stomach at these words.”
Last month, Britain’s three Jewish newspapers united in publishing a front-page editorial warning of the “existential” threat to British Jewry that a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose.