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the accusations about the attacks.
Sir Gerald read from the friend’s letter: “More than half the stabbing claims were definitely fabricated. The other half, some were true, the others there was no way to tell since they executed Palestinians and no one asked questions.”
A Labour spokesman said Sir Gerald’s views “do not reflect the views of the party”. As the JC went to press, the party had taken no acttion against him.
SirGeralddidnotrespondtoarequest for a comment before publication.
His remarks were recorded by blogger David Collier who was at the meeting. Mr Collier said: “It took a while to digest. Is someone really pushing this in Westminster,in2015?Andnobodyinthe room raised a protest. It was sickening.”
Labour’s Shadow Minister for Human Rights, Andy Slaughter, also spoke at the event. He distanced himself from the remarks.
A spokesman for the PRC said the group did not agree with Sir Gerald’s comments but refused to rule out inviting him to speak in the future.
He said: “We did not have any control over what he said. We do not tolerate antisemitism whatsoever.”
Sir Gerald’s comments were condemned by his fellow Jewish Labour MPs Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman, the Board of Deputies and Community Security Trust.