The brother of former-Labour leader
Above the gates leading into Auschwitz – where 1.2million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust – a sign reads ‘vaccines are safe path to freedom’.
Below the cartoon is an Evening Standard article with the same headline and a caption reading: ‘This cynical newspaper headline is in the tradition of the Nazi slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work sets you free) whereas in reality, the truth is the opposite.’
Covid-19 conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn has been slammed for a ‘disgraceful’ leaflet comparing Britain’s vaccination programme to Auschwitz (pictured)
The brother of former-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, 76, (left) came up with the ‘concept’ for a pamphlet which features a cartoon drawing of Nazi concentration camp
Mr Corbyn is credited for the ‘concept’ and Alexander Heaton – who was charged with breaking Covid restrictions alongside Mr Corbyn during protests in May – for the art.
The leaflet – which has Mr Corbyn’s name and website address on the back – has been pushed through the doors of homes in Barnet and Southwark, prompting outrage online.
The leaflet also appears in digital form on Mr Corbyn’s website ‘Stop New Normal’ – which links directly to his fund to help pay off the fines incurred by repeated lockdown breaches.
Mayor of Lambeth Philip Normal shared a picture of the leaflet to Twitter and said: ‘Antisemitism, racism, hate is not tolerated in my house, or this country, or the planet Earth.’
Auschwitz-Birkenau (pictured) was a concentration and extermination camp used by the Nazis during World War Two
The picture sparked outrage online, with many horrified onlookers slamming the spread of harmful disinformation and the comparison to the Holocaust as ‘disgraceful.’
One user, Nick Pettigrew wrote: ‘To be dangerously stupid about vaccines is one thing.
‘But to use concentration camp imagery while you’re doing it is disgraceful.’
Another commented: ‘My great grandmother died of sepsis in a concentration camp.
The picture sparked outrage online, with many horrified onlookers slamming the spread of harmful disinformation and the comparison to the Holocaust as ‘disgraceful’
‘To equate life saving medicine with them is absolutely one of the most enraging things I’ve ever seen. Anti-semitism truly knows no bounds.’
A Jewish charity has slammed the leaflets as ‘despicable’ and said it is not about concerns over vaccines but about ‘trolling Jews’.
Director of enforcement and investigations at Campaign Against Antisemitism Stephen Silverman said: ‘Piers Corbyn is an arch conspiracy theorist who was among the first to claim antisemitism allegations against his brother were part of an Israeli plot.
‘Comparing the lockdown to the Auschwitz death camp, as former BNP leader Nick Griffin and others have done, is despicable.
‘To deliberately distribute leaflets making that comparison is vintage Piers Corbyn harassment and baiting of Jews, and demonstrates that this is not about protesting lockdowns, it is about trolling Jews.’
Mr Corbyn was fined by police after leading a New Year’s Eve anti-lockdown protest in Central London
Former-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the party after saying anti-Semitism in Labour was ‘overstated’ in the wake of a damning Equality and Human Rights Commission report into antisemitism in the party.
The report ruled that the Labour party had broken equality law under his leadership.
But he was reinstated as a Labour member by the National Executive Committee following a meeting of a disciplinary panel three weeks later.
Another leaflet posted alongside the Holocaust comparison featured baseless and false claims that vaccines cause a range of conditions such cancer, autism and infertility.
Mr Corbyn, 73 was among 17 people who were arrested for breaching Health Protection Regulations at a demonstration at Speaker’s Corner on January 2
Piers Corbyn has been arrested at lease twice in 2021 for repeatedly breaching lockdown to protest against lockdown measures intended to slow the spread of Covid-19.
On January 2, Mr Corbyn was among 17 people who were arrested for breaching Health Protection Regulations at the demonstration at Speaker’s Corner, in Hyde Park.
A crowd of between 200 and 300 people gathered to protest against lockdown restrictions and their civil liberties being curtailed.
Former-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) was suspended from the party after saying anti-Semitism in Labour was ‘overstated’ in the wake of a damning Equality and Human Rights Commission report into antisemitism in the party
It came after Corbyn was fined and arrested on New Year’s Day after leading a New Year’s Eve anti-lockdown protest near the London Eye, in the centre of the capital.
Mr Corbyn a video of what was dubbed the ‘NYE Party of Parties’ on his
‘Over 1000 defied all threats +chanted #LetLondonLive! & #Corbyn4London after I announced I will stand for Mayor! Thank you +well done all!’
The conspiracy theorist has now been arrested at least five times since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and has received fines totalling more than £10,000.
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