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Activist Uses ‘Three Billboards’ To Shame U.K. Labour Party For Anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Inspired by an Oscar-nominated American film, activists against anti-Semitism in Britain raised thousands of dollars for erecting three billboards outside the headquarters of the Labour Party.

Days after setting up an appeal for donations on an online crowd-funding platform, the Community United against Labour Party Antisemitism, or Culpa, group raised $4,860 out of their goal of $6,300 for the sign campaign outside Labour’s headquarters on London’s Victoria Street. The money came from approximately 100 donors.

Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing politician who was elected to lead the party in 2015, has faced criticism over an alleged failure to counter a proliferation of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the party’s ranks.

The idea for the three billboards came from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” about the mother of a murdered daughter putting up three billboards, each one displaying one short sentence accusing the local sheriff of inaction.

The Culpa appeal for donations does not say what messages would be displayed on the billboards but it does include three short sentences: “Corbyn is a friend of dictators and terrorists,” “Enough is enough. He needs to go. #CorbynOutNow,” and: “The Labour Party has no future under Jeremy Corbyn.”

Corbyn called Hezbollah and Hamas his friends in 2009 and said it was an honor to host representatives from those terrorist groups in parliament. He has vowed to kick out any Labour member caught making racist or anti-Semitic statements. Dozens were kicked out but many others accused of these actions were allowed to stay or were re-admitted.

British Jews and an inter-parliamentary committee of inquiry have dismissed as unsatisfactory an internal Labour audit that largely cleared Labour of anti-Semitism allegations. Earlier this month, Corbyn was found to have been a member for two years of a Facebook group that featured Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic rhetoric. He denied knowing about the content.

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