Sunday, May 08, 2016
Hate speech in the British Labour party
A Labour activist has been suspended from the party over yet another case of antisemitic social media posts.
David Watson, the fundraising co-ordinator for the Walthamstow Labour Party, has been suspended pending an investigation, a spokesperson told the Jewish Chronicle.
Watson shared articles on Facebook alleging that Daesh has used weapons produced in Israel, and accusing Israel of genocide against the Palestinians.
News of the suspension comes soon after Ken Livingstone once again mentioned Adolf Hitler, this time in his latest interview with Sky News. The former London mayor was suspended by the Labour party last week for comments he made about the Nazi leader — but this hasn’t stopped him.
Asked whether his claim that Hitler was a Zionist was ill-advised, he said: “It is not an unguarded or ill-advised comment to answer a question honestly about historical reality.”
Once again, Livingstone’s remarks sparked a social media storm.