Just an­other week in the Labour Party

● Liver­pool coun­cil can­di­date’s Roth­schild-Zion­ist con­spir­acy ● MP Kate Osamor’s aide in hate-tweet scan­dal ● Labour group re­fuses to con­demn Pitts­burgh shoot­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

FRESH REV­E­LA­TIONS about an­tisemitism in the Labour Party erupted this week, from Lon­don to Sh­effield and be­yond.

In Liver­pool, a Labour can­di­date for a safe coun­cil seat was shown to have a his­tory of mak­ing an­tisemitic state­ments.

Liam Moore, an evan­gel­i­cal vicar, was se­lected last week by the Labour Party in Liver­pool as its can­di­date for the seat in the city’s Nor­ris Green ward.

On Mon­day, the Sun re­ported Mr Moore had a record of ex­treme state­ments. In Au­gust, he tweeted: “We are see­ing a very English right wing Zion­ist coup mate and sadly the Labour party is in­fil­trated by sell­outs who would sac­ri­fice a Labour govern­ment for their 30 pieces of sil­ver.”

In 2014, he tweeted that “[sic] peo­ple un­der­stand Roth­schilds Zion­ist run Is­rael and world gov­ern­ments, don’t give a toss about or­di­nary Jew, Je­sus is com­ing back his peo­ple”.

The party has now launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with a num­ber of Labour MPs hav­ing re­sponded with anger when the news broke.

Wes Street­ing, MP for Il­ford North, tweeted: “How was this per­son ever se­lected?”

A Labour spokesper­son said: “The Labour Party takes all com­plaints ex­tremely se­ri­ously, which are looked into and any ap­pro­pri­ate dis­ci­plinary ac­tion taken in line with party rules and pro­ce­dures.”

Mean­while, Labour front­bencher Kate Osamor has con­tin­ued to em­ploy an aide in her Com­mons of­fice who was “im­me­di­ately sus­pended” for en­dors­ing an­tisemitic so­cial me­dia posts two years ago.

El­iz­a­beth Dud­ley had ‘liked’ so­cial me­dia posts that men­tioned Zion­ist con­spir­acy the­o­ries and made com­par­isons be­tween Is­rael and Nazi Ger­many.

When asked about the ac­tiv­i­ties of her Com­mons re­searcher, Ms Osamor, the shadow In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary, said in June 2016: “Hav­ing been made aware of these posts, the mem­ber of staff has been sus­pended with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.”

But the Mail on Sun­day re­ported last week­end that, af­ter re­turn­ing to her job with the Labour MP, Ms Dud­ley has shared con­tro­ver­sial mes­sages, in­clud­ing one in which anti-Zion­ist ac­tivist Miko Peled was de­fend­ing la­belling Is­raeli forces as Nazis.

Mr Peled caused a storm at Labour’s 2017 con­fer­ence when he said “free speech” meant Labour mem­bers should be able to ask: “Holo­caust: yes or no”.

Last month, Ms Dud­ley shared a Face­book video by Mr Peled, in which the lat­ter said: “So they get of­fended when they are com­pared to Nazis and other op­pres­sive and geno­ci­dal regimes. Well, if you’re of­fended by it, don’t do it.”

The JC has con­tacted Ms Osamor for com­ment but re­ceived no reply.

Ms Osamor is fac­ing mount­ing pres­sure af­ter con­tin­u­ing to em­ploy her son, Ish­mael, as her “se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer” af­ter he ad­mit­ted two weeks ago to tak­ing co­caine, ec­stasy, ke­tamine and cannabis into a mu­sic fes­ti­val last year.

He re­signed as a coun­cil­lor in Haringey, af­ter ad­mit­ting at Bournemouth Crown Court three charges of pos­sess­ing drugs with in­tent to sup­ply and a fourth charge of pos­ses­sion.

Ms Osamor sparked anger last year af­ter tweet­ing a link to a cam­paign call­ing for the ‘boycott, di­vest­ment and sanc­tions’ against Is­rael — con­tra­dict­ing of­fi­cial Labour pol­icy.

Else­where, a Labour Party branch last Thurs­day re­jected a mo­tion con­demn­ing the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue at­tack.

Steve Cooke, sec­re­tary of Nor­ton West branch in the Stock­ton North con­stituency, pro­posed the mo­tion ex­press­ing sol­i­dar­ity with the Jewish com­mu­nity and pledg­ing that an­tisemitism should be “con­fronted and erad­i­cated”, with Labour lead­ing the way.

Only one other mem­ber backed the mo­tion and Mr Cooke said the leader of Stock­ton-on-Tees Coun­cil, Robert Cook, was among those who op­posed it.

Writ­ing on Face­book, Mr Cooke said he was “aghast” at the de­ci­sion, hav­ing as­sumed the mo­tion “would be ap­proved with­out con­tro­versy… How­ever, it was soon ap­par­ent that there would be re­sis­tance to the whole idea.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Cooke, op­po­nents of the mo­tion had ar­gued that there was too much fo­cus on “an­tisemitism this, an­tisemitism that” sug­gest­ing that the text should not re­fer to an­tisemitism specif­i­cally, but racism in gen­eral. “I pointed out that the mo­tion clearly ex­pressed con­cern about racist hate crime more gen­er­ally.”

Mr Cooke also claimed Stock­ton North Labour Party had pre­vi­ously voted down his at­tempts to set up an­tisemitism aware­ness train­ing for lo­cal mem­bers.

In Peter­bor­ough on Mon­day, two Labour coun­cil­lors re­signed say­ing they had been “wor­ry­ing for the safety of our fam­i­lies” af­ter call­ing out an­tisemitism in their party.

Richard Fer­ris and Matthew Ma­habadi claimed they had “faced pres­sure, bul­ly­ing and alien­ation by a pow­er­ful mi­nor­ity of ‘mil­i­tant’ el­e­ments... to shut up, pipe down, keep sch­tum about the prob­lem.”

The pair said they had taken “no plea­sure in blow­ing a whis­tle on the in­fa­mous de­ci­sion made by cer­tain mem­bers of the party of­fi­cial­dom this year to se­lect a Labour Party can­di­date who ques­tioned the his­tor­i­cal ba­sis of the Holo­caust.”

They were re­fer­ring to Alan Bull, a Labour can­di­date in Peters­bor­ough, who posted an ar­ti­cle on Face­book head­lined: “In­ter­na­tional Red Cross re­port con­firms the Holo­caust of six mil­lion Jews is a hoax.” He was sub­se­quently sus­pended from the party. Mr Fer­ris and Mr Ma­habadi added: “Even when we have tried to change things for the bet­ter, tried to open di­a­logue and chal­lenge the prej­u­dices that sadly ex­ist in our party, we have been blocked from do­ing so. This is shame­ful.

“We don’t be­lieve that the ac­tions of this pow­er­ful mi­nor­ity rep­re­sent the true face of the Labour Party.

“Yet we ques­tion why these peo­ple are so pow­er­ful, why they re­main in power, and why they be­lieve they act on be­half of the mem­ber­ship when they make such dis­grace­ful de­ci­sions.”

Mean­while, a Labour ac­tivist has con­demned the party’s youth wing’s “re­ac­tionary” re­sponse to his Jerusalem meet­ing with Is­raeli op­po­si­tion leader Tzipi Livni, whom they branded a “war crim­i­nal”.

Matt Pound, na­tional or­gan­iser for the mod­er­ate Labour First, had been on a del­e­ga­tion that had met Ms Livni, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the West Bank and Gaza.

Af­ter Ms Livni tweeted a pic­ture of her meet­ing “rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Young Labour”, Young Labour tweeted: “As Is­rael’s for­eign min­is­ter dur­ing the Gaza War, Tzipi Livni over­saw the mas­sacre of 1,391 Pales­tini­ans… The in­di­vid­u­als meet­ing this war crim­i­nal are in no way rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Young Labour.”

Mr Pound said: “Whilst Jeremy Corbyn claims to be ‘talk­ing to both sides to achieve peace’, the re­al­ity is that in a few days we have done more to en­gage with both sides of the con­flict than he has in 35 years as a Labour MP.

“Young Labour have used their sta­tus and in­flu­ence to at­tack other Labour mem­bers who are pre­pared to en­gage in di­a­logue with a cen­tre-left politi­cian in Is­rael says more about them than it does about us,” he added.

Else­where, Labour mem­bers at Sh­effield Univer­sity de­cided to “in­def­i­nitely post­pone” an event host­ing con­tro­ver­sial MP Chris Wil­liamson un­til the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice has fin­ished its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged an­tisemitism by in­di­vid­u­als in the party.

PHO­TOS: GETTY IM­AGES / TWIT­TER

Pic­tured, from left: Jeremy Corbyn, Kate Osamor and Liam Moore

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