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U.K.'s Labour Party mired in anti-Semitism scandal

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Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K.'s Labour Party, has been mired in an ever-expanding scandal regarding the rise of anti-Semitism in his party — and his own ties to anti-Semitic rhetoric. The controversy kicked off last week after it emerged that he expressed support for a London mural that featured a host of anti-Semitic tropes in a 2012 Facebook comment, before expanding to Corbyn's membership in multiple Facebook groups that feature virulently anti-Semitic posts.

Why it matters: As the U.K.'s Leader of the Opposition, Corbyn wields a significant voice in British politics, and his involvement and response to this affair has led to open rebellion within the Labour ranks. For example, Luciana Berger, the Jewish MP who first brought Corbyn's Facebook comment to light last week, called the anti-Semitism issue a "stain on the conscience of the party."