London – Sadiq Khan today ordered the removal of ‘offensive’ posters that condemn the state of Israel as a ‘racist endeavour’.
The London Mayor hit out at ‘vandalism’ after the images started appearing on bus stops around the capital.
The posters sprung up as Jewish groups warned that antisemitism was on the rise amid a major battle inside the Labour.
Among the key issues in the dispute between the party’s left-wingers led by Jeremy Corbyn and moderates has been whether it is acceptable to brand the state of Israel racist.
The internationally-recognised definition of antisemitism that was finally adopted by Labour last night after months of wrangling makes clear that it is not acceptable.
The posters were spotted by a number of Twitter users, who expressed disgust at the slogans.
A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: “These offensive adverts are not authorised and are acts of vandalism which Transport for London and its advertising partner takes extremely seriously.
‘They have instructed their contractors to remove any posters found on their network immediately.”
The latest episode comes as a new Survation poll published in the Jewish Chronicle reveals that four out of ten Jews would consider leaving the UK if Mr Corbyn becomes PM.
The Labour leader last night failed to quell anger over vile abuse wracking Labour despite bowing to demands to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism.
He caused new offence by trying to add a statement detailing protection for people who call Israel racist – a caveat rejected even by loyalists on the party’s ruling NEC.
Dave Rich, the head of policy at the Community Security Trust (CST), said antisemitic incidents soared from a few dozen a month to over 100 in spring 2016 – Just when the crisis erupted in Jeremy Corbyn’s party.
Speaking to the women and equalities select committee today, Mr Rich said: ‘Over the last two years we have seen a much closer correlation between events in the Labour Party and our antisemitic incidents statistics than any other single factor.’
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