Everyday Antisemitism

Jewish MP sent death threats

Luciana Berger, the Labour MP for the Liverpool Wavertree constituency, has received antisemitic death threats online.

Berger received the threats through her email account last Friday, a fact that came to light earlier today. The message read ‘you better watch your back Jewish scum’ accompanied by an image of a knife, whilst another email warned that she was going to ‘get it like Jo Cox did’, referring to the MP murdered last month by a man with links to Neo-Nazi groups.

According to a local news outlet, Merseyside Police have since arrested a man in connection with the threats, who has admitted to the offence.

This is not the first time that Berger has been the victim of online antisemitism. In 2013 a local music promoter was fined for an antisemitic outburst directed at her, and in 2014 a man was jailed for targeting Berger with online antisemitic abuse in 2014, an event which triggered a wave of similar messages being sent to the MP.