Coun­cil­lor ac­cused of anti-Jewish mes­sages

Com­ments not anti-Semitic, Labour mem­ber in­sists Party holds in­ves­ti­ga­tion into so­cial me­dia posts

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - STE­FAN JA­JECZNYK

ALABOUR coun­cil­lor is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by own her party af­ter be­ing ac­cused of post­ing anti-Semitic re­marks on so­cial me­dia.

An of­fi­cial com­plaint against Whitewell coun­cil­lor Pam Bromley has been lodged with the Labour Party over a post pub­lished on her Face­book page.

The Labour Against Anti-Semitism [LAAS] group said it has re­ported Coun­cil­lor Bromley along with around 150 other Labour mem­bers over com­ments the group be­lieves to be anti-Semitic.

Coun Bromley has de­scribed the claims made against her as ‘scur­rilous ac­cu­sa­tions’ and said she has not posted any anti-Semitic com­ments.

The LAAS group said it com­plained to the Labour com­pli­ance unit over a post which they say ap­peared on Coun Bromley’s Face­book page in April 2016 which they claim said: “[The] Roth­schilds are a pow­er­ful fi­nan­cial fam­ily (like the Medi­cis) and rep­re­sent cap­i­tal­ism — even if the Nazis DID use the ac­tiv­i­ties of Roth­schilds in their anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda. We must not ob­scure the truth with the need to be tact­ful.”

In the same month, the group say she posted a link to the Roth­schild & Co web­site and com- mented, say­ing: “Right I am fed up of this shush don’t men­tion the Rothchilds stuff [sic]. They are not the only in­ter­na­tional bankers and fi­nanciers but are amongst those who, Jewish and non-Jewish, hold tremen­dous wealth and power.”

The LAAS has ac­cused Coun Bromley of ‘mak­ing men­da­cious, de­hu­man­iz­ing, de­mon­is­ing, or stereo­typ­i­cal al­le­ga­tions about Jews’ and ‘the power of Jews as col­lec­tive’, ‘draw­ing com­par­isons of con­tem­po­rary Is­raeli pol­icy to that of the Nazis’ and ‘us­ing the sym­bols and im­ages as­so­ci­ated with clas­sic anti-Semitism’.

Re­spond­ing to the ac­cu­sa­tions on Face­book, Coun Bromley, who sits on the coun­cil’s over­view and scru­tiny com­mit­tee and the Rawten­stall neigh­bour­hood fo­rum, de­scribed the af­fair a ‘witch-hunt’.

She said: “I have not said any­thing anti-Semitic on Face­book and I stand by what I said.

“If anti-Semitism ex­ists then of course it should be dealt with but I have yet to come across any­one crit­i­cis­ing any­one on the grounds of their be­ing Jewish.”

Coun Bromley, who was elected in 2016, said that she felt her cred­i­bil­ity as a coun­cil­lor was be­ing tar­geted.

She also posted on Face­book: “This whole anti-Semitism witch-hunt is noth­ing more than: A - an at­tempt to cen­sor and sti­fle de­bate about the atroc­i­ties be­ing com­mit­ted in Pales­tine, and B - de-sta­bilise Cor­byn and the Labour Party, and in this par­tic­u­lar in­stance, my cred­i­bil­ity as an elected coun­cil­lor of course.

“Who­ever is be­hind the Jewish lobby is ter­ri­fied of the prospect of a Cor­byn­led Labour gov­ern­ment.”

She also dis­missed the ac­cu­sa­tions as ‘non­sen­si­cal rhetoric’, adding: “They can re­port me to the man in the moon as far as I care, be­cause I be­lieve that peo­ple will not be ter­ri­fied into si­lence and the truth of this non­sen­si­cal rhetoric will be­come com­mon knowl­edge, and then we can con­tinue to fight and dis­grace the mod­ern scourge of racism in all its many forms”.

It comes as Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn has been ac­cused of not do­ing enough to clamp down on anti-Semitism in his party.

When con­tacted by the Free Press, Coun Bromley said: “I have said what I have to say quite pub­licly. Un­til I have taken le­gal ad­vice about deal­ing with these scur­rilous ac­cu­sa­tions I have noth­ing to add.”

The Labour leader of Rossendale coun­cil Alyson Barnes said the party was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

She said: “We are aware of the com­plaints that have been made against Pam Bromley. The Labour Party na­tion­ally are in­ves­ti­gat­ing these al­le­ga­tions, and we await the out­come of those in­ves­ti­ga­tions”.

A Labour Party spokesper­son said “The Labour Party is com­mit­ted to chal­leng­ing and cam­paign­ing against an­ti­Semitism in all its forms.

“All com­plaints of an­ti­Semitism are taken ex­tremely se­ri­ously. These are fully in­ves­ti­gated in line with our rules and pro­ce­dures and any ap­pro­pri­ate dis­ci­plinary ac­tion is taken. We do not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases.”

‘I have not said any­thing anti-Semitic on Face­book and I stand by what I said’

Coun Pam Bromley

Whitewell ward Labour coun­cil­lor Pam Bromley

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