Amid numerous claims of anti-Semitism in his party, UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn defended his decision to attend a Passover gathering held by a Jewish group highly critical of the Israeli government. Corbyn said that the event gave him a chance to celebrate the holiday “with young Jewish people from my own community.”

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Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, said on Tuesday that he does not regret attending a Passover seder held by a radical left-wing Jewish group.

Amid the claims of widespread anti-Semitism in his party, Corbyn defended his decision to attend the event held by Jewdas, a British group that has in the past called Israel a “steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of.” Speaking in Swindon, Corbyn said that he “learned a lot” at the seder.

Corbyn added that he enjoyed celebrating Passover “with young Jewish people from my own community and my own constituency.” The Labour leader’s presence at the seder was condemned by several MPs and Jewish groups. According to them, Corbyn’s attendance shows that he has aligned himself with a group that is unconcerned by anti-Semitism.

Jewdas claims to represent “radical voices for the alternative diaspora.” It recently criticized mainstream Jewish groups in Britain over the protests against anti-Semitism in Corbyn’s party, accusing them of “playing a dangerous game with people’s lives.”