THOUSANDS of Brits have signed a petition calling for Jeremy Corbyn to quit as Labour leader over the party’s anti-Semitism scandal.
An online movement started by the Campaign Against Antisemitism has attracted the support of more than 28,000 people.
The petition’s success comes after ex-chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks blasted Mr Corbyn and compared him to racist politician Enoch Powell.
The petition is titled “Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and must go” and is directed at Labour MPs, calling on them to challenge their leader or quit the party.
It points to a number of recent revelations including Mr Corbyn laying a wreath at the site where Black September terrorists were buried, and defending an anti-Semitic mural in London.
The CAAS concludes: “Over many years he sought to defend, honour, assist and promote anti-Semites and the context is that his actions have been consistent with those of an ideological anti-Semite.
“For as long as the Labour Party is in Jeremy Corbyn’s grip, it cannot be a force for good.
“His past demonstrates that he should never have been elected to the leadership of the Labour Party and he is unfit to hold any public office.”
Yesterday Mr Sacks spoke out for the first time on the issue, calling Mr Corbyn “an anti-Semite” who has “given support to racists, terrorists and dealers of hate”.
He singled out the leftie leader’s comments that “Zionists” don’t understand “English irony”.
Mr Sacks said the remarks were “the most offensive statement made by a senior British politician since Enoch Powell’s 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech”.
Labour denied that Mr Corbyn was bigoted, saying: “This comparison with the race-baiting Enoch Powell is absurd and offensive.
“Jeremy Corbyn described a particular group of pro-Israel activists as Zionists, in the accurate political sense – not as a synonym or code for Jewish people.
“Jeremy Corbyn is determined to tackle anti-Semitism both within the Labour Party and in wider society, and the Labour Party is committed to rebuilding trust with the Jewish community.”
The party has been under fire after it refused to adopt the definition of anti-Semitism promoted by a leading Holocaust charity.
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At a meeting next week, Labour bosses are expected to back down and use the definition in full.
But they are likely to insert a controversial “free speech” clause which could be used as a get-out to excuse anti-Jewish comments by activists.
MP Ian Austin, who was probed by the party after confronting Mr Corbyn over anti-Semitism, said: “The leadership has got itself into a terrible hole and they need to stop digging.”