Wednesday, April 6, 2016

UK: Activists 'hell-bent' on attacking Jewish Labour MP at constituency meetings

Attacks include Holocaust denial, conspiracy theories and blaming Israel for antisemitism.  Is the Labour party going to do anything to stop this?

Via Jewish Chronicle:
A veteran Jewish Labour MP has been targeted by activists who are “hell-bent” on attacking her at meetings of her constituency party.

The orchestrated campaign against Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside, from within her own local branch has created an “intimidating and hostile” atmosphere for Jewish members, a councillor said this week.

The verbal attacks have taken place during the past two months at constituency meetings at which Mrs Ellman was present.

A small group of hard-left activists have attended the sessions to attack her, repeatedly asking questions about her position on Israel.

The JC understands that on at least three occasions, antisemitic remarks were made.


During one meeting in February, activists discussed Hamas tunnels being dug from Gaza into Israel. One member is said to have compared the tunnels to those created by Jews trying to escape Nazi persecution in the Warsaw ghetto.

At last Friday’s session, one attendee claimed Israel was backing Daesh terrorists and that the IDF was operating covertly among jihadis. Mrs Ellman was asked whether she regretted supporting British air strikes in Syria following the alleged death of Israelis in the conflict.

She is also said to have been challenged on her work to combat antisemitism, with Labour supporters claiming the global rise of Jew-hate was “down to the existence of Israel”.

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