‘March on synagogue,’ says UK Labour party member

Amanda Bishop was protesting the suspension of a Labour party candidate for a local council seat, who claimed that the Rothschilds had been ‘responsible for almost every war on Earth.’

April 30, 2019 12:36
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Demonstrators take part in protests outside a meeting of the National Executive of Britain's Labour Party which discussed the party's definition of antisemitism, in London, Britain, September 4, 2018. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A member of the UK Labour Party in the city of Brighton and Hove called on all party members in the city to march on Hove's synagogue following the suspension of one of the party's candidates for a local council over severe antisemitic comments she posted on social media.

“No, no, no!… We can’t allow this to go on. We need to march about this to the Synagogue in Hove, all of us members in Brighton. I’m utterly appalled by this news,” wrote Labour Party member Amanda Bishop on the Facebook forum of the party's Brighton & Hove branch following the news of the candidate’s suspension.

The candidate in question, Alexandrina Braithwaite, shared conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds on social media; said they were “responsible for almost every war on Earth”; called Israel “IsraHell”; accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinians and the media of bias in favor of Israel; and said that Israel was giving African migrants 90 days to leave the country or “they will be jailed or murdered.”

The Red Roar political blog, which discovered Bishop’s post, described it as “shocking,” while Labour MP for a constituency in the city Lloyd Russell-Moyle said her comments were “revolting.”

Russell-Moyle said that he had reported Bishop’s comments to the party and that she has now been suspended pending an investigation.

“This is antisemitism and not acceptable in our society and our party: no excuses,” wrote the MP on Twitter.

Mike Katz, chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, an organization formally associated with the Labour Party, said: “When is 'let's march on the Synagogue' ever the right reaction? Won't have it from neo-Nazis. Won't have it from supposed progressives.”

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