The Labour Party has deleted a Passover wishing following criticism for featuring a loaf of bread.
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The party’s official Twitter account shared a message that read: “As Jewish people prepare for Passover, we’re wishing everyone in the Jewish community chag sameach #Passover.”
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The tweet was accompanied by illustrations of a Star of David, a goblet and a leavened bread.
‘Another embarrassing episode’
Leavened bread is specifically not eaten over the Jewish holiday – a fact that did not go unnoticed by followers who began to criticise the party.
One said: “The fact that the original had a loaf of bread on it shows how little you actually care about wishing the Jewish community a Chag Sameach. Idiots”
A screengrab of a tweet from The Labour Party which was deleted (Photo: @UKLabour/PA)
Another tweeted: “How you can turn a simple act of acknowledgement for the Jewish people into another embarrassing episode for your party is beyond me.”
Labour later re-posted the holiday message without the drawings of the bread or goblet.
The gaffe follows months of criticism over the party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations, with the Jewish Labour Movement recently voting to pass a motion of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Lord Falconer – who was brought in to review the party’s complaint process – said it needed to do more to deal with accusations of anti-Semitism.
The comments came after it was reported Mr Corbyn had expressed concern that evidence of anti-Semitism in Labour has been “mislaid or ignored”.