British MP Patrick Mercer 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
British MPs must be censured for making anti-Semitic statements, Knesset Speaker
Yuli Edelstein wrote on Sunday in a strongly worded letter to his British
counterpart, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, after MP Patrick Mercer was
caught on camera calling an IDF soldier a “bloody Jew.”
“I was shocked to
hear about the crude, anti-Semitic words used by a member of parliament, Patrick
Mercer, regarding an event during his recent visit to Israel,” Edelstein
wrote. “This was a totally unacceptable comment, certainly as made by a
A BBC reporter posing as a lobbyist secretly filmed
Mercer describing a trip to Israel, in which he entered an “intelligence
establishment” and faced a security guard, who he described as “an 18-year-old
girl, wearing a uniform, with her sort of hair in plaits, and crazy jewelry and
open-toed sandals, with a rifle up my nose.”
Mercer recounted an exchange
in which he asked the woman who she was, and she responded “a
“Are you? You don’t look like a soldier to me. You look like a
bloody Jew,” Mercer said.
The video was aired Thursday as part of a BBC
investigation into a corruption scandal.
Mercer resigned from the
Conservative Party, and will not run for reelection to his seat representing
Newark in northern England.
“This comment is merely one of a number of
similarly unacceptable comments made by members of the British parliament
regarding Jews and regarding Israel, comments that include sick, perverted and
racist positions regarding the State of Israel,” Edelstein wrote.
Knesset speaker called on Bercow, the first Jewish speaker of the House of
Commons, to use all the parliamentary and disciplinary tools at his disposal
“Only a strong and firm reaction on your part will
provide the necessary public expression of the uncompromising commitment by you
and by the British parliament to fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of
racism,” Edelstein added.