British Jewish Lawmaker Threatened by Jeremy Corbyn Backers
— A Jewish member of the British Parliament was put under police protection after receiving an anti-Semitic death threat on Facebook.
Ruth Smeeth, 37, a member of the Labour Party, told British media that she holds party leader Jeremy Corbyn personally responsible for the actions of his supporters.
The Facebook message repeatedly called Smeeth a “Yid” and said that “the gallows would be a fine and fitting place” for Smeeth to “swing from,” the Jewish Chronicle reported.
The death threat also expressed strong support for Corbyn, who is currently in a race to remain in his job as party leader.
Smeeth reportedly has received 25,000 abusive or anti-Semitic posts. She had panic buttons and CCTV surveillance cameras installed in her home, the Chronicle reported.
“I expect Jeremy to show true leadership, which means calling out individuals at times by name to say what they are doing it is unacceptable,” she told the British Sun newspaper. “He must stand up and say enough is enough, and he has done nowhere near enough yet.”
Smeeth represents Stoke-on-Trent North located in Staffordshire, England.
Corbyn, who has called Hezbollah and Hamas “friends,” has been accused of fostering an atmosphere of anti-Semitism in the party.