Labour finally suspends ‘anti-Semite’ over social media hate

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Labour finally suspends ‘anti-Semite’ over social media hate

Party investigates member's alleged racism four months after complaint lodged by councillor in Barnet

One of the anti-Semitic posts from the member in question, this time attacking Sir Eric Pickles
One of the anti-Semitic posts from the member in question, this time attacking Sir Eric Pickles

The Labour Party has suspended a member accused of anti-Semitism  – four months after a complaint was lodged by a party councillor from Barnet.

Adam Langleben, who works for the Jewish Leadership Council, said the unnamed woman ran a Twitter feed called ‘GazaBoatConvoy’ and sent 20 examples of posts and tweets which he described as “racist, pure and simple”.

Langleben, of the West Hendon ward, who first filed a complaint in July, said: “She continues to attend meetings and take part in street stalls. I believe in due process and I had hoped that my formal complaint would lead to a swift and speedy conclusion.”

Among the invectives sent from the GazaBoatConvoy account have been messages claiming Jews “wring shekels” out of the memory of the Holocaust, referred to as an “indoctrination programme”.

Others claim Jews “love money and are a bunch of crooks,” that Zionist Jews “kill and kidnap their way around the world” and that British MPs who support Israel are “manipulated by a lobby for the interests of a foreign state”.

One of the anti-Semitic posts from the member in question, comparing Israel to the Nazis
Adam Langleben

Still others inveighed against the new National Holocaust Memorial and questioned the loyalty of Diaspora Jews, while one image evidenced what Langleben described as “going to great lengths to photo-shop the @HolocaustUK logo to call the Holocaust ‘Zionist Fairy Tales’ and other deeply anti-Semitic imagery”.

Patrick Hunter, vice-chair of Hendon Constituency Labour Party, said the images were “truly horrific,” telling Langleben: “You had no choice but to go public… I can only add my voice to yours in calling for @UKLabour to act now.”

Labour Friends Israel director Jennifer Gerber said: “This vile hatred of Jews and the Jewish state should have absolutely no place in the Labour Party. The leadership must act to expel such individuals immediately or else Labour will continue to be seen as a safe-space for anti-Semites.”

The Labour Party’s front bench has repeatedly said the party takes a zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism.

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