“Thousands” could be acted against by the Labour Party for antisemitism, a leaked report has revealed.
Terms of abuse such as “Zio” and claims that Jews “own the media” have been common themes in the suspension.
One case that has been made public is that of Labour Party member Terence Flanagan, who has been suspended from the party after a dossier of 17 individual antisemitic incidents was submitted to Labour.
The remarks referenced Jews, Nazis and Mossad, and many were “in no way connected to Israel”, according to Jewish News.
Phil Rosenberg, a Jewish Labour councillor in Hampstead where Flanagan is a member, complained that Flanagan had referred to him as “Goebbels”, a remark for which he refused to apologise. Rosenberg said “Terence Flanagan has been repeatedly abusive to me, other councillors and other Labour Party members – sometimes through the media. Too often, his language crossed the line in to clear anti-Semitism”.
Flanagan circulated a petition calling for the removal of Michael Foster from the party after he described Corbyn’s allies as “Nazi stormtroopers”, referring to Foster as “the Jewish millionaire”. Referring to a Jewish man not by his name, but instead simply as “the Jewish millionaire” is both dehumanising and plays on the antisemitic canard of rich and/or powerful Jews controlling public affairs from behind the scenes.
He has also espoused conspiracy theories, being weary of “the Mossad organised collection orchestrating the attack upon the members choice Jeremy Corbyn”. Accusing “Mossad” of orchestrating the criticisms of Corbyn, a man who members of the Jewish community have legitimate concerns about, of being the result of a conspiracy in Israel is antisemitic and draws upon a deep current of antisemitic conspiracy theories. Similarly, writing off the concerns of many British Jews, who are “abandoning” Labour due to fears about antisemitism in the party, as being a “Mossad” conspiracy minimises the concerns of the Jewish community and provides a convenient excuse to not address concerns raised by British Jews.