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The rally has been organised by the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), an officially affiliated party grouping.

Mr Corbyn has come under repeated fire for failing to deal with anti-Semitism in a row which has raged for more than two years.

Earlier this month Labour backbencher Margaret Hodge confronted Mr Corbyn and called him a “****ing anti-Semite and a racist” to his face.

Her attack came after it emerged that Jewish groups were not consulted about the party’s controversial new code of conduct, designed to stamp Semitism, watered internationally-recognised definition.

An example of anti-Semitism – “accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nation” – was left out by the party.

The JLM has threatened to sue Labour over its decision to jettison it.

Last year Labour campaign chief Andrew Gwynne admitted that perceptions of anti-Semitism within Labour had cost it several seats at the general election as he vowed to regain the trust of Jewish communities.

But Labour MP Wes Streeting said: “It’s a sorry state of affairs that our Jewish affiliate has to hold rallies against the appalling handling of anti-Semitism within our party. With every day that this crisis rumbles on unresolved, the damage done to the Labour Party’s reputation worsens.”

A JLM source warned: “The party has weeks to fix this complete mess of their own making. We are approaching the point of no return.”

The rally is due to be held at lunchtime on the opening Sunday of the conference and risks overshadowing efforts to show that Labour is a government in waiting.

The last time JLM held a rally over party anti-Semitism at Labour’s annual conference was 2016, when the issue first emerged.

At that stage more than 100 people turned out to register their discontent.

That event sparked controversy when the headline speaker, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, pulled out at the 11th hour.

In a statement from Mr Corbyn read out at that rally, the Labour leader pledged not to tolerate any forms of anti-Semitism in the party.

But across the city at the same time audience members at an event organised by the campaign group Momentum were being told that anti-Semitism was being “weaponised” to stop Labour supporters campaigning for Palestinians.

Leaflets handed out outside the event called for the Jewish Labour Movement to be disaffiliated because it “acts as a representative of a foreign power, Israel”.

Mr Corbyn insists that he has spent his life fighting racism in all its forms.

But since Dame Margaret spoke out against him she has been trolled on social media and called a “Zionist bitch”.

Last week, another ally of Mr Corbyn accused the MP, who is Jewish, of using the Holocaust to attack the Labour leader.

David Rosenberg, a Left-wing author who has previously described allegations of anti-Semitism in Labour as a “largely engineered furore”, used an article in Marxist newspaper Morning Star to call for her to stand down.

He wrote: “She has cynically drawn on her family’s direct experience of the Holocaust to bolster her special right to pronounce on the subject.”



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