Alison Moyet leaves Twitter after abuse for showing sympathy to Jews

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Alison Moyet leaves Twitter after abuse for showing sympathy to Jews

Singer-songwriter called re-emerging antisemitism 'heart-wrenching'.

Jenni Frazer is a freelance journalist

Alison Moyet Pic: JesterWr via Wikipedia
Alison Moyet Pic: JesterWr via Wikipedia

Singer-songwriter Alison Moyet has temporarily deactivated her Twitter/X account, because of abuse she received after posting support for Jews.

Last week Moyet, an iconic solo performer and once half of the 1980s pop-synth group Yazoo, posted a comment saying: “Seeing my Jewish neighbours and friends shrink into themselves as antisemitism rears its head again on our shores is heart-wrenching. [For] years now we have trumpeted the righteousness of protecting our nations minorities. We need to remember that need for all as the world hardens”.

The post received almost 600 responses, many of them abusive. In response she decided, according to her website, “to take a bit of an extended break from Twitter”.

Moyet used to live in Radlett where she would have had many Jewish neighbours. She now lives in Brighton.

The comedian Bennett Arron said: “Alison has had to delete her Twitter account because of all the abuse she received for standing up for her Jewish friends. Now I understand why the few that do want to show support stay silent”.

Jewish News has asked Alison Moyet for comment.

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