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‘Antisemitic conspiracy theory’ tweet sees Long-Bailey booted from UK Labour shadow cabinet

Israeli police officers detain Palestinian protestor outside the compound housing al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City March 12, 2019. © Reuters/Ammar Awad
RT | June 25, 2020

The UK Labour Party’s “antisemitism crisis” has claimed another victim, as shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey is fired for sharing an article containing a so-called “antisemitic conspiracy theory.”

“This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet,” a spokesman for the Labour leader said, claiming that an article she shared earlier on Thursday contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

The statement went on to say that Starmer, who took over the party plagued with accusations of antisemitism, has been “clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority,” adding, “antisemitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”

Long-Bailey shared an Independent interview with Maxine Peake on Twitter. In it, the actress says: “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.” It was later updated to include a denial by the Israeli police that this is the case, and a reference to an Amnesty International report about US law enforcement travel to Israel for training was removed.

Long-Bailey shared an Independent interview with Maxine Peake on Twitter. In it, the actress says: “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.” It was later updated to include a denial by the Israeli police that this is the case, and a reference to an Amnesty International report about US law enforcement travel to Israel for training was removed.

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Amnesty International has said that Israeli forces train US law enforcement and partake in police exchange programs. In the wake of Floyd’s murder a number of articles circulated, reporting that Minnesota cops received Israeli training in Chicago in 2012. Israeli soldiers have been photographed leaning on Palestinians’ chests and necks, although Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld denies this is a tactic they use. It of course isn’t proven that the police officer who killed Floyd was taught how to lean on people’s necks by Israeli police.

Long-Bailey tweeted an explanation for her retweet, saying she shared the article because of Peake’s “significant achievements and because the thrust of her argument is to stay in the Labour Party. It wasn’t intended to be an endorsement of all aspects of the article.”

She later added that she agreed on the wording of her explanation with the Labour Party Leader’s Office, but was “subsequently instructed to take both this agreed clarification and my original retweet down.” She said she couldn’t do this without issuing a press statement of clarification and asked to discuss it with Starmer but “sadly he had already made his decision.”

The Jewish Board of Deputies among a number of other groups which called out Long-Bailey’s tweet. Before she was fired, it released a statement slamming the politician’s “pathetic” response to criticism of her tweet and questioning her “suitability” for her role.

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3 Comments »

  1. From what we know of Israeli police/military tactics and the documentation we have, the diktats from the ‘Protect Israel at all costs’ lobby has massaged the truth and redacted the facts (a sure sign of guilt) in order not only to extract another important lead figure from the Labour Leadership but probably to terrify the rest of the body politik into not criticizing the criminal entity. This is foreign interference by deception in the Sovereign business of our Democracy. Lesser crimes have been the subject of legal proceedings and even Impeachment. The felons in this saga should also face legal proceedings and expulsion for Treason. And if Israel refuses to acknowledge our Sovereign Rights, steeped in centuries of tradition, we should not recognise their fake presumption to ‘sovereignty’ over other people’s Sovereign territory, namely the West Bank which the Palestinians have legally and peacefully occupied as their rightful homeland for at least two Millennia.

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    Comment by jbthring | June 25, 2020 | Reply

  2. “This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet,” a spokesman for the Labour leader said, claiming that an article she shared earlier on Thursday contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory.”
    Losing your job for sharing an article written by someone else? I call that “Bullying”.

    A “Conspiracy theory” is a sure sign that someone is using their brain to “sort the wheat from the chaff”. Everyone puts their own interpretation on what they read in the newspapers, or, at least they should. Doesn’t Britain have laws against “wrongful dismissal”?
    Criticizing something about Israel does not make anyone “Anti-Semitic”.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 25, 2020 | Reply


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