UK's Labour under fire again over anti-Semitism

Labour activist who claimed that the Mossad controls ISIS suspended - or was he?

Ben Ariel ,

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour Party in Britain is under fire again over anti-Jewish or anti-Israeli comments by one of its members, Haaretz reported Tuesday.

This time the subject of the criticism is Labour activist Bob Campbell, who reportedly claimed that the Islamic State (ISIS) is controlled by Israel.

While reports said Campbell was suspended by the party following the remarks, he himself denies this, according to Haaretz.

The London-based Jewish Chronicle and Sunday Times have reported over the past several days that Campbell was suspended pending a party investigation after allegedly posting a claim on Facebook that Israel's Mossad intelligence agency runs ISIS. He is also said to have claimed Israel was behind this month's terrorist bombing in Brussels.

But Britain's Independent news website, which added that Campbell alleged on Facebook that ISIS has refrained from attacking Israel "because the dog doesn't bite his own tail," said the Labour Party member denied having been suspended.

Media reports have said that such a suspension came at the request of his local member of parliament, Tom Blenkinsop of the Labour Party. Blenkinsop represents the Middlesborough region of northeast England, where Campbell lives.

The Labour Party has been at the forefront of many anti-Semitic-related scandals in recent months. Its own leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has previously stirred up controversy due to his anti-Israel comments and by calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends".

British Jews have also voiced deep concern over Corbyn’s disturbing links to a wide range of extremists, spanning far-right holocaust deniers, an anti-Semitic Christian minister and Islamist terrorist groups.

Corbyn is not the only one, however. Last week it was reported that Labour had reinstated anti-Semitic member Beinazir Lasharie, who shared a video on Twitter entitled "ISIS: Israeli Secret Intelligence Service" and added the comment: "Many people know about who was behind 9/11 and also who is behind ISIS. I've nothing against Jews… just sharing it!"

Another member who was suspended for her anti-Semitic posts was temporarily given a position on a local executive committee, while Labour students at Oxford University allegedly mocked Jewish terror victims.

Other extremist Labour Party activists include Gerry Downing, who is said to have objected to condemnation of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Another activist, former Labour Party parliamentary candidate Vicki Kirby, came under fire in 2014 over tweets in which she reportedly stated that Adolf Hitler might be the "Zionist God” and that Jews had “big noses.” She was suspended from the party twice.

The anti-Semitism by Labour members has become so bad that Jonathan Arkush, one of the most senior figures in the British Jewish community, recently warned that the country’s Jews “can’t trust Labour” anymore.