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The Labour leader has been criticised after it emerged he joined a gathering of a group called "Jewdas" in his north London constituency, in order to celebrate the Jewish feast of Seder during Passover. Blair said he is certain that the general British public is not at all anti-Semitic, and that Labor had to make it clear that anti-Jewish sentiment in party ranks can not be tolerated. Last week, after a rally of 1,500 people outside Parliament organized by British Jews in protest at anti-Semitism in the party, he promised to be "a militant opponent of anti-Semitism".

"It's a radical diaspora Jewish group that has taken an explicitly non-Zionist stance, alongside satirizing the many absurdities of the British Jewish community and throwing excellent parties", according to a founder of the group, Joseph Finlay.

Charity leader Ronnie Harris told Jewish News he left the party amid the latest storm over its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism.

Charlotte Nichols, who attended the Jewdas Seder said Corbyn should be "commended" for his presence at the event not attacked.

Last week Jewdas attacked the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council's response to the Labour anti-Semitism scandal as "playing a risky game with people's lives".

Lansman said he thought there was a problem of "unconscious bias" and called for a "widespread programme of education and training" within the party about anti-Semitism.

Labour backbencher John Woodcock, a prominent critic of the party leader, said Mr Corbyn's attendance at the Seder was "deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community days after they pleaded with him to tackle anti-Semitism".

Will he now introduce stricter rules for Labour Party members that are still making anti-Semitic statements, particularly on social media?

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Jeremy was invited to a Passover Seder with Jewish members of his local community, said the spokesman.

Jewdas has accused mainstream Jewish organisations of maliciously and cynically manipulating the...

The chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, said on Twitter it was "mocking and disrespectful". "Please feel free to make a donation!"

He tweeted: 'They are just Jews who disagree with other Jews.

While writer David Schneider also joked about the meeting.

It's all very well planting yourself on the far left of the political spectrum to give your party a clear identity and direction and the nation a shuddering alternative to the status quo at the ballot box, but such re-positioning comes at the price of greater scrutiny of some of the elements within that party - and the results so far have not been good. It has also opened other divisions with one of the groups that campaigned for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, Leave E.U., arguing that Labour was uninterested in combating anti-Semitism because it relied on votes from Muslims.

In an interview with Channel 4 News, Mr Corbyn said the issue would be a top priority for MS Formby and insisted "absolutely strong and watertight" investigations would take place.

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