What is the Labour anti-Semitism row, what happened at the 2017 party conference and what has Jeremy Corbyn said about it?

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LABOUR has been hit with a fresh anti-Semitism storm after one activist at the party conference suggested members should debate whether the Holocaust actually happened.

The annual conference saw speakers take to the stages of fringe events and featured some panellists who likened supporters of Israel to Nazis.

 Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn have been rocked by another anti-Semitism scandal

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Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn have been rocked by another anti-Semitism scandal

What happened at the Labour party conference and what has leader Jeremy said about it?

Pro-Corbyn activists yesterday applauded speakers who voiced anti-Semitic views, with one claiming free speech included the ability to ask: “Holocaust: yes or no.”

And another at the Free Speech on Israel event was applauded by comparing pro-Israel supporters to the Nazis.

Journalists were banned from tweeting about the event or taking pictures in order to avoid “hostile” coverage.

One speaker had complained that the Jewish Labour Movement had been given an award for campaigning and said they should be kicked out of the party.

While another had called for Israel to be treated the same way apartheid South Africa had been by the international community.

Labour leader Jeremy has yet to comment on the scandal. But his deputy Tom Watson called for any Holocaust deniers to be thrown out of the party, labelling them “disgusting”.

He told Good Morning Britain: “These people have no right to be in the Labour party and if they are they should be expelled.”

“It is disgusting to deny the Holocaust. They have no role in the mainstream of politics.”

Len McCluskey, the leader of the Unite union and a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, dismissed the anti-semitism allegations and said they were made by those aiming to destabilise and undermine the party.

He told BBC Newsnight: “I believe it was mood music that was created by people who were trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.”

He continued: “Everybody wanted to create this image that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership had become misogynist, had become racist, had become anti-Semitic and it was wrong.”

What others anti-senitism scandals have rocked the Labour party?

Last year, former Labour Mayor of London and Corbyn ally Ken Livingston was suspended from the party after he claimed Adolf Hitler was a Zionist.

In April, Corbyn promised a fresh investigation into Livingstone’s crass comments after he STILL wasn’t kicked out the party.

Tom Watson led a wave of outrage from the Shadow Cabinet and dozens of Labour MPs over the decision to merely suspend the ex-Mayor of London for his outbursts about Hitler.

And a recent poll said that four in five thought the party harbored vicious anti-Semitic views too.

Also in 2016, Jackie Walker, former vice-chair of hard-left pro-Corbyn organisation Momentum, was suspended from the party twice for claiming that Jews financed the slave trade and attacking Holocaust Memorial Day.

Leaked footage showed the outspoken campaigner saying she had not found a definition of anti-Semitism she could “work with”.

And the footage also showed her questioning why Holocaust Memorial Day was not more wide-ranging to include other genocides.

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