Israeli Embassy: Diplomat’s retweet of EDL founder was ‘manipulated’

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Israeli Embassy: Diplomat’s retweet of EDL founder was ‘manipulated’

Claims that diplomacy counsellor Elad Ratson endorsed Tommy Robinson on social media are flatly denied

Amos's tweet showing Elad's alleged retweet of Tommy Robinson
Amos's tweet showing Elad's alleged retweet of Tommy Robinson

The Israeli Embassy has flatly denied that a senior diplomat retweeted a message from the founder of the English Defence League.

A statement alleged an image that appeared on social media purporting to show Elad Ratson had shared the tweet to his 50,000 followers, was “manipulated”.

The tweet from Tommy Robinson drew a distinction between the stance of Jeremy Corbyn towards Donald Trump versus his position on Iran.

A screen grab appearing to show a retweet by the Embassy’s public diplomacy counsellor was later shared by Amos Schonfield of left-wing group Yachad, who demanded answers “as a Brit, an Israeli, a Jew”. It’s understood the grab was sent to schonfield by a third party within the community.

But the Israeli Embassy told the Jewish News: “The diplomat denies categorically having retweeted this tweet. The embassy stands behind him and considers this image to be manipulated.”

Amos’s tweet showing Elad’s alleged retweet of Tommy Robinson

Robinson recently visited Israel but his rhetoric towards Muslims – including describing the Koran as a “cursed book” on national television – has repeatedly been condemned.

A communal outcry followed an appearance by Robinson in front of a small group of Manchester Jews last summer. The Board of Deputies said at the time his “record of anti-Muslim provocation means he could never be a partner of a respectable or mainstream Jewish organisation”.

Jeremy Newmark, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, tweeted: “If genuine this is appalling and deeply worrying. The diplomat concerned has clearly not had sufficient briefing or training on the UK political arena.”

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