Now it’s the Ir­ish con­spir­a­cies...

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

IS­RAEL HAS been ac­cused of launch­ing a smear cam­paign against Ir­ish pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Sen­a­tor David Nor­ris, af­ter a blog­ger wrote about his re­la­tion­ship with an Is­raeli peace ac­tivist.

John Con­nolly, a 22-year-old Zion­ist blog­ger from Eal­ing, re­vealed last month that Sen­a­tor Nor­ris’s for­mer part­ner, ac­tivist Ezra Nawi, had been con­victed of a se­ries of crimes, in­clud­ing sleep­ing with an un­der­age boy.

Last week, Mr Con­nolly wrote that Mr Nor­ris had ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with Mr Nawi in the Ir­ish Par­lia­ment. It was later dis­closed by an Ir­ish news­pa­per that Mr Nor­ris had writ­ten a letter to an Is­raeli court plead­ing for clemency for Mr Nawi.

Fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tions, a num­ber of jour­nal­ists and blog­gers, in­clud­ing colum­nist Ian O’Do­herty of the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent and blog­ger Ain­dreas Mac, in­sin­u­ated that the Is­raeli em­bassy of Ire­land had leaked the letter to the press.

The em­bassy has strongly de­nied the claim, say­ing it has “ab­so­lutely no foun­da­tion”.

Mr Con­nolly, who has faced ac­cu­sa­tions that he is a Mos­sad agent, said: “I wanted to get this in­for­ma­tion out be­cause this man is run­ning for pres­i­dent and I thought he had abused his po­si­tion. If I had come across this news about any can­di­date, I would have pub­lished it. I dis­agree with him about a lot of things, not just Is­rael.”

PHOTO: PA

De­spair­ing: Alan Shat­ter

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