Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has been the subject of controversy due to his alleged anti-Israel views and the recurring problem of anti-Semitism within his party’s ranks. Numerous Labor MPs have been suspended over the past year for anti-Semitic remarks, including former London mayor Ken Livingstone.
In what may be viewed as a possible gesture of contrition, or at least an attempt to clear suspicions of anti-Semitism, Corbyn visited the former Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt Saturday. The camp, where over 150,000 Jews were imprisoned and many subsequently transported to Treblinka or Auschwitz, is now a memorial and a museum.
“Yesterday, I visited Terezin Memorial – a World War II concentration camp and former Jewish ghetto,” Corbyn tweeted. “Never forget.”
Yesterday, I visited Terezin Memorial – a World War II concentration camp and former Jewish ghetto.
Never forget pic.twitter.com/AkWbBQj3L5
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) December 4, 2016
Corbyn and other leaders of the Labor Party were accused of doing too little to address anti-Semitism within the party by a British parliamentary committee in October.
The report criticized Corbyn’s “lack of consistent leadership on this issue,” as well as his “reluctance to separate anti-Semitism from other forms of racism,” which “has created what some have referred to as a ‘safe space’ for those with vile attitudes towards Jewish people.”
Corbyn told The Independent this week that the Terezin memorial “is a vital reminder of the genocidal crimes carried out during the Second World War and the dangers that far-right politics, antisemitism and racist scapegoating pose to society.”
The Labor leader said he found the stories of the camp’s inmates to be “deeply moving and sobering.”
“Many died of starvation and malnutrition,” he noted, “the cruelty and inhumanity of their treatment was unspeakable.”
Corbyn emphasized the importance of remembering the “horrific crimes perpetrated by the racist, far-right Nazi regime in Europe and the justice of the struggle waged by the Allied forces and the anti-fascist resistance against it.”
“It is an obligation for all of us to work together to build a world of respect, tolerance and peace.”