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Jeremy Corbyn ‘sincerely sorry’ for anti-Semitism ‘in pockets of Labour'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "sincerely sorry" for the pain caused by "pockets of anti-Semitism" in the Labour party.

In a statement, the Labour leader said he would be meeting representatives of the Jewish community this week to "rebuild" confidence in his party.

He said Labour was "anti-racist" and he "utterly condemns" anti-Semitism.

Jeremy Corbyn's comments came after he was criticised for sending a supportive message to the creator of an allegedly anti-Semitic mural in 2012.

In a message posted on Facebook, Corbyn had seemed to question a decision to remove the artist's controversial mural. He later called the mural "deeply disturbing" and backed its removal.

Mr Corbyn's statement, which was released on Sunday evening, said: "I want to be clear that I will not tolerate any form of anti-Semitism that exists in and around our movement.

"We must stamp this out from our party and movement.

"We recognise that anti-Semitism has occurred in pockets within the Labour Party, causing pain and hurt to our Jewish community in the Labour Party and the rest of the country.

"I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused.

Mr Corbyn said he and the party - which has "deep roots in the Jewish community" - were now campaigning to "increase support and confidence in Labour" among Jewish people in Britain.

He said: "I will be meeting representatives from the Jewish community over the coming days, weeks and months to rebuild that confidence in Labour as a party which gives effective voice to Jewish concerns and is implacably opposed to anti-Semitism in all its forms."

Jeremy Corbyn has faced growing anger this week after it was revealed that he criticised the removal of an antisemitic mural in 2012.

It was reported that the artwork depicted some caricatured Jewish men, understood to include capitalist Rothschild and banker Warburg, playing monopoly on the bent over backs of the poor.

The row started when In October 2012, Street artist Mear One posted a picture of his mural in east London called "Freedom of Humanity" on Facebook, with the words: "Tomorrow they want to buff my mural. Freedom of expression. London calling. Public Art."

Mr Corbyn replied: "Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller destroyed Diego Viera's mural because it includes a picture of Lenin."

More recently, Labour MP Luciana Berger sought clarification from the leader's office on the 2012 comments.

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My view: When pathetic Jeremy Corbyn got caught, he behaved as if he didn't know what the art work was about, but wasted no time to quickly support the Street artist work in 2012, some politicians never give straight answers, so that they can cover their back for future reference. In other words, the apology is how Jeremy Corbyn covered his back, he pretend not to know what the art work depicted in 2012. Just like the Royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle was economical with the truth after saying she doesn't know much about the royal family, but it has emerged she has been playing the role of a queen since she was 9 years old.

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