On Friday, the British Labour Party, headed by anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn, tried to woo Jews back by wishing them good tidings on the eve of Passover. In unintentionally hilarious fashion, they tweeted “Happy Passover” along with three images, one of which was such an egregiously ignorant image that it prompted laughter from those who know how anti-Semitic a turn the party has taken.
The tweet featured a Jewish star, a cup of wine, and most inappropriately, a loaf of bread.
The Labour Party later changed the tweet:
You’d have to be living in a cave or a distant island far from where Jews have even been heard of not to know that one of the most famous parts of the Jews remembering the Exodus from Egypt is the eating of matzah instead of bread, as the ancient Israelites had no time when they left Egypt for the dough to rise, and eating matzah is a remembrance of that. Also, Jews don’t eat any products that are leavened during the eight days of the holiday.
Additionally, as Chabad.org points out, the Jews were “commanded to eat matzah with the Paschal offering on the night before they were redeemed from Egypt. But the original Passover was only that one day, and after that day the Jews were allowed to eat leavened bread.” Chabad asks, “Why do we eat matzah today? Is it to commemorate the matzah they ate in Egypt or the dough that didn’t have enough time to rise the next morning? … The answer, it turns out, is both … What we have are two types of matzah: the ‘Matzah of Affliction’ and the ‘Matzah of Freedom.’ The former, eaten while we were still in Egypt (both as slaves and at our last meal in exile), is symbolic of poverty and slavery. The second, eaten after ‘the Holy One Blessed Be He revealed Himself to them and redeemed them,’ is symbolic of redemption and faith.”
Corbyn has his own history of anti-Semitism, including calling members of Hamas and Hezbollah friends, carrying a wreath and visiting a plaque honoring the terrorist group Black September which murdered Israel athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, opposing taking down a mural that was blatantly anti-Semitic, and tolerating increasing anti-Semitism in his own party, the latter a posture which has been emulated by the Democratic Party in America, leading to some referring to the current “Corbynization” of the Democratic party.
The Labour Party itself has been accused of harboring anti-Semitism, as The Times Of Israel pointed out:
Thousands of cases of alleged hate speech against Jews have been recorded within Labour since 2015, when Corbyn, a far-left politician, was elected to lead the party. The Board of Deputies of British Jews has accused Corbyn of encouraging anti-Semitic rhetoric and at times engaging in it, though he disputes the claim. Following growing public scrutiny of the problem, Labour is facing the prospect of an official inquiry by the United Kingdom’s Equality and Human Right’s Commission, the main government anti-racism watchdog.