UK Labour activist faces backlash over 'ISIS is run by Israel' remarks

According to British media, Labour activist Bob Campbell accused Israel of standing behind the terrorist group in a Facebook post a day after the attacks in Brussels last week.

March 30, 2016 09:40
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 Jeremy Corbyn

Britain's leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The UK's Labour party was again facing criticism this week over reported remarks made by a party activist who allegedly insinuated that Israel is behind the terrorist group known as Islamic State, British media reported.

According to the British Independent, Labour activist Bob Campbell accused Israel of operating ISIS in a post on Facebook a day after a pair of suicide bombings in Brussels last week.

The report published an alleged screen-shot of Campbell's Facebook post, in which he said "ISIS is run by Israel," suggesting that there was a correlation between pro-Palestinian moves in France, Japan, Indonesia and Belgium and ISIS attack.

"How many more attacks have to take place before the world fully understand that ISIS is run by Israel?" he was quoted as saying on Facebook.

Campbell's post was reportedly accompanied by a side-to-side picture of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Islamic State's elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that claimed the terrorist group has not attacked Israel "because the dog doesn’t bite its own tail".

Following the incident that allegedly occurred last Wednesday, conflicting British reports emerged of Campbell's suspension from Labor.

According to the UK's Sunday Times, the Labour party suspended member Bob Campbell after an investigation was called over the posts he made on Facebook that suggested that Israel was behind the attacks claimed by ISIS.

However, the Independent report Monday cited the Labour activist as denying that his party membership had been revoked over the comments.

A series of Labour party members have recently been suspended over controversial remarks made regarding Jews.

Earlier in March, Labour party member and former parliamentarian candidate Vicky Kirby was suspended for the second time due to tweets stating that Jews have “big noses” and “slaughter the oppressed.”

Her comments resurfaced after she was made a local vice chair of the party.

In response to a call last week by a prominent Jewish member in the UK House of Lords for Labour to officially oppose anti-Semitism, party leader Jeremy Corbyn denied that anti-Semitism was a pervasive problem within the party, and said that the Labor has been unequivocal in its condemnation of racism in any form.

Another incident came as Gerry Downing was readmitted into the Labor party earlier this month, after publicly stating last year it was time Britain answer the "Jewish Question."

Corban himself has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism, and in the past has called terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah "friends."

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