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Jeremy Corbyn admits Labour has ‘real problem’ with anti-semitism

INTRO: Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for the “hurt” caused to Jewish people in Labour as his party published education materials to help members and supporters understand anti-Semitism. The leader of the Opposition admitted the party has a “real problem” with anti-Jewish racism, and said it had been too slow in processing disciplinary cases. On Sunday, Labour provided members with “basic tools” to identify and call out anti-Semitic stereotypes and conspiracy theories in a bid to defeat the problem. The materials - published on the party’s website - include guidance on how to avoid anti-Semitism when criticising the Israeli state, and explanations of terms such as Zionism. (MORE)

Inside the radical community where members need permission to start dating

Could you live like this? A fascinating new show explores a Christian sect in deepest Sussex

The Bruderhof was founded in Germany in 1920 by Eberhard Arnold, a philosophy student and intellectual inspired by the German Youth Movement and his wife Emmy, née von Hollander.

EXCERPTS: Imagine a life where modern technology such as TV, computers and mobile phones are shunned and even rejected. Well that's exactly what happens inside a radical Christian sect, which is tucked away inside a quiet part of East Sussex.

There is no debt, no crime, no homelessness and everyone has a job, according to the leaders of the private community - but none of them earn a salary. Modern day outsiders may find it baffling to learn that none of the children watch television or play video games, no-one logs on to Facebook or any other social media sites to see what their friends are up to.

Members of the 300-strong Darvell Bruderhof community have to ask for permission to begin ‘courting’ a person of the opposite sex, divorces are banned, their jobs are chosen for them and they have no possessions.

A new documentary has been given extraordinary access to the community, which has quietly existed in Britain for almost 50 years and allowed TV cameras for the first time. The programme follows a number of members, including a young woman who has left the settlement and is questioning her future in the sect which refuses to join mainstream society. (MORE)

[...] Most people have never heard of the Bruderhof, unsurprising as there are just 3,000 members of the small Christian sect in the world, spread across the UK (there’s another in Nonington, Kent, and a small one in Peckham, south London), the US, Germany, Australia and Paraguay.

‘We have a different vision for our society,’ says Bernard Hibbs, 38, the community’s outreach director who has let in TV cameras for the first time. 'We don’t proselytise, it’s unwholesome to try to make people become members. But we thought, “Why not show people how we live?” When I go outside the community, people are interested in it. They worry about their kids and technology, and like the idea of sharing. So we’re showing what we’ve learnt. It’s not perfect, but if we can encourage people to think about how they live, that’s great.’

[...] The community (Bruderhof is German for ‘place of brothers’) was targeted by the Nazis in the 1930's because they refused to join the party, and in 1937 they were forced to disband. Many emigrated to England where they founded a new community in the Cotswolds; the group reached more than 250 members after being joined by like-minded Brits. But they were forced to leave England in 1941 when the Germans in the group were threatened with internment, and moved to Paraguay then North America, returning to England and Germany after the war.

While in many ways the group is stuck in the 1920s, it runs a lucrative 21st-century business which funds its comfortable lifestyle. Each site is involved in the Bruderhof company Community Playthings, which makes wooden toys and furniture for nurseries. The Robertsbridge factory alone turns over an average of £17 million a year. When there’s a big order, everyone – whether they work in the kitchen or the garden – pitches in. (MORE)

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