Po­lice ask Twit­ter to re­veal abuser

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

PO­LICE IN­VES­TI­GAT­ING an­ti­semitic abuse al­legedly sent by back­ers of Unite leader Len McCluskey have asked Twit­ter to re­veal the real name of the per­son post­ing hate mes­sages un­der the pseu­do­nym @1UnionBloke.

The mes­sages were sent to chal­lenger Ger­ard Coyne after he gave an in­ter­view to the JC last month in which he said Mr McCluskey had spent too much time con­cen­trat­ing on the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict when “for many of our mem­bers it is not some­thing at the fore­front of their minds”.

West Mer­cia Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble hate crimes against Mr Coyne, and have asked the so­cial me­dia site to help con­firm the of­fender’s iden­tity.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is tak­ing place amid an in­creas­ingly bit­ter bat­tle for the lead­er­ship of the 1.4 mil­lion mem­ber Unite union.

Mr McCluskey, who has re­peat­edly aligned him­self with Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn, claimed in an in­ter­view with the Ob­server on Sun­day that he is the vic­tim of a right-wing plot to un­der­mine him.

Sources close to Mr Coyne have be­come in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent he will top­ple the cur­rent leader when the re­sult is an­nounced on April 28 — with an un­usu­ally high turn-out for a union elec­tion show­ing en­thu­si­asm for his more mod­er­ate mes­sage.

Mr McCluskey said as a Labour mem­ber for more than 45 years he had never ex­pe­ri­enced any form of an­tisemitism.

His com­ments were in stark con­trast with Mr Coyne, who told the au­di­ence on the BBC’s Ques­tion Time on Thurs­day last week he had be­come a vic­tim of “hate crime” after his JC in­ter­view.

Fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle an in­di­vid­ual us­ing the Twit­ter han­dle @1UnionBloke, sent Mr Coyne a slew of of­fen­sive mes­sages. One showed a picture of Mr Coyne next to a man with the Star of David on his body and bran­dish­ing a gun. The cap­tion read: “Be warned @ger­ard_ coyne has back­ing now!! Jewish Mafia.”

Other mes­sages from the ac­count in­cluded sug­ges­tions Mr Coyne was pan­der­ing to the Jewish com­mu­nity in his lead­er­ship cam­paign.

One tweet said: “His anti any­body who isn’t Jewish is ex­posed. @ger­ard_ coyne also re­veals his shad­owy back­ers. So @Unite­forLen.”

A pho­to­graph of Mr Coyne’s house was also posted on Twit­ter.

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