Jeremy Corbyn had shown public support for a mural by graffiti artist Mear One, when it was scrubbed off a wall in London’s East End, after being described as it used anti-semitic tropes.
About the mural, Neil said: “Don’t you have to look at what you’re defending and the moment you look at that, it doesn’t need a detailed study, the moment you look at it, it is clearly anti-semitic.
“Why has anti-semitism become endemic in the Labour party?”
Richard Burgon, Labour MP for Leeds East, faced off with Neil on the BBC’s Daily Politics show to address the mural and the allegations of anti-semitism.
He said: “I think that there is a problem with anti-semitism and tough action is needed.
“There is no place for anti-semitic views in the Labour party or in any party.”
There are 70 cases logged of alleged anti-semitic behaviour within the party, and another 130 “in the pipeline”.
Neil asked: “so, why are only a third of these cases currently being investigated?
“People think it’s because your heart is not in it, not yours personally but your party’s heart – Mr Corbyn’s heart.
“If we’re to take you seriously about this anti-semitism embedded in parts of the Labour Party today then we need to see you taking action to get rid of it and Ken Livingstone has been a poster boy for this.
“He’s only been suspended, he hasn’t been kicked out of the party.”
One campaigner, Terence Flanagan, from Labour’s Hampstead and Kilburn branch, described Israel as “a cess-pit nation” and “the allegations of anti-semitism in Mr Corbyn’s party is simply to try and destroy Corbynite Labour and is being orchestrated by Mossad, Israeli secret-service.”
He was suspended but then later remitted and when asked by the Daily Politics show, the Labour press office said: “His remarks were not of a sufficient severity to warrant him losing his membership.”
In another case, the former Blackburn mayor Salim Mulla said Zionist Jews were “a disgrace to humanity” and that Israel was behind the school shootings in America.