Suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson faces calls to resign after his official Twitter account liked a post claiming Israel offered a “1m bounty for Labour insiders to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.”
The post, sent by activist and blogger Nadeem Ahmed, accessible to Williamson’s 52.1K followers, appears in the “likes” tab of his profile.
“Let’s not forget that Israel have offered a £1m bounty for Labour insiders to undermine Jeremy Corbyn,” it reads.
“Joan Ryan was filmed asking Shai Masot about a list of names that were sent to the Israeli embassy.
“We need an investigation into this and find the MPs that took the money.”
LFI director Jennifer Gerber said: “Chris Williamson’s decision to help propagate these repeatedly denied utter lies demonstrates once again not simply that he shouldn’t sit as a Labour MP but that he’s unfit to be a member of the House of Commons.
“If Jeremy Corbyn allows the whip to be restored it will underline his continuing utter disregard for the Jewish community and the truth.”
Barnet Young Labour disability officer Luisa Attfield wrote: “This tweet liked by Chris Williamson is a totally normal thing for an MP to like, with absolutely no racist undertones.
“He needs to be expelled.”
A 2017 Al Jazeera report claimed that the former Israeli embassy official Shai Masot attempted to “take down” British lawmakers seen as unfriendly to Israel.
Chris Williamson has been contacted for comment.
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