UK Labour party suspends election candidate over anti-Semitism

British Labour Party suspends local council candidate for posting anti-Semitic material on social media.

Ben Ariel ,

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

The British Labour Party has suspended a council election candidate who is said to have posted anti-Semitic material on social media, the British Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday.

The party had been criticized for failing to say whether it would act for more than four weeks after details of his posts were first reported.

The candidate, Alan Bull, had been expected to be the Labour candidate in a ward on Peterborough City Council when voters go to the polls in May.

He was selected last year, but a series of posts questioning the Holocaust and referring to Zionists backing the Nazis have since emerged - some as long ago as last summer - and been circulated online, according to the Chronicle.

In one Facebook post, Bull linked to an article headlined: “International Red Cross report confirms the Holocaust of six million Jews is a hoax.”

Another appeared to imply that the Islamic State (ISIS) and Israel were working together.

Images of Bull’s posts were reportedly circulated by local Labour members concerned about his candidacy.

The Peterborough Telegraph had first raised the issue with the party in mid-February, but news of Bull's suspension only emerged Thursday afternoon, two hours after the Jewish Chronicle enquired about the case.

“Alan Bull has been suspended from the party pending investigation. Labour takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously, which are fully investigated and appropriate disciplinary action taken in line with our rules and procedures,” said a Labour spokesperson quoted by the online news website.

“Anti-Semitism has absolutely no place in the party, and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it all its forms,” the spokesperson added.

Bull reportedly told the Peterborough Telegraph the images had been “doctored” but declined to comment further when approached last month.

The Labour party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, have increasingly come under fire for their failure to properly deal with the anti-Semitism within the ranks of the party.

Over the last several years, dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements.

Corbyn himself been criticized in the past due to his calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for outright refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups.

In 2016, however, the Labour leader said that he regretted making those comments.

Most recently it was revealed that Corbyn had temporarily been a member of a private Facebook group that spread anti-Semitic hate speech. Several other Labour members were a part of that group as well.