Jewish Labour candidate bombarded with death threats

Ruth Smeeth, candidate for British Labour party, says half of the many death threats she receives are anti-Semitic.

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A Jewish candidate for Britain’s Labour Party is being bombarded with death threats, and she says that half of them are anti-Semitic.

Ruth Smeeth told the local news website StokeonTrentLive that she is afraid to leave her home due to the constant threats. When she does leave the house, she carries a panic button in case she is attacked, according to the report.

She does not go anywhere alone and has not ridden public transportation in 18 months, she said.

Smeeth said the threats have come from the far-left and the far-right and almost half have been anti-Semitic. Last week, after months of death threats by email and social media, a death threat in the form of an essay describing how the author wanted to kill her, was hand-delivered to her constituency office, which led to her going public about the threats.

“I’m not asking for sympathy, I just feel like I need to put down a marker to say this is not normal and it is not acceptable,” she told StokeonTrentLive. “I won’t be bullied by anyone. We need to find a way back to respectfully disagreeing with each other, not threatening to hurt each other.”

She received anti-Semitic death threats during the campaign for the 2015 election and more death threats in 2016, which required her to go under police protection and install surveillance cameras at her home.

She has represented the Stoke-on Trent North constituency in Staffordshire since 2015. The next general election is scheduled for Dec. 12.




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