Labour Party activist, Laura Stuart, a member of the Hendon Labour Party in north west London, has reportedly been suspended from the party pending an investigation after a local councillor linked her to antisemitic posts on Twitter and Facebook, including “All Jews are above the law.”
Adam Langleben, a Labour councillor for West Hendon, tweeted that he had complained about Ms Stuart in July but no action had been taken.
Ms Stuart has been accused of running the “Gaza Boat Convoy” Twitter account. Some of the appalling antisemitic tweets from the Gaza Boat Convoy account include: “Hear it from a Jewish grandmother how Jews love money and are a bunch of crooks”, “Must still be plenty shekels to be wrung out of the memory of the Holocaust. #HolocaustIndustry” and “All Jews are above the law – as in, they cheat the laws of Moses etc. G-d gives edicts, they set their Rabbis to find ways around them.”
However, the Gaza Boat Convoy account, which attempts to block Campaign Against Antisemitism from seeing its tweets, posted a message claiming that it is a “group account.” Its description reads: “We are a group of driven individuals working within the UK. We work with many different charities all with the same aim and goal. To free Palestine!” According to a report in the Times, tweets from the account have sometimes been signed “Laura” and encouraged donations to Ms Stuart’s bank account, to be distributed in Gaza.
A spokesperson for the Labour Party reportedly told the JC: “Laura Stuart has been suspended from Labour Party pending an investigation.” The Party then attempted to retract the identification of Ms Stuart and amended the statement to refer only to “A Labour Party member”. The Hendon branch of the Labour Party tweeted: “Our party should and will have no truck with any member, and their apologists, who peddle this poisonous antisemitic bile”.
Campaign Against Antisemitism commends Councillor Langleben for his principled stand in exposing these virulently antisemitic comments. We await to find out more details about Ms Stuart’s apparent suspension and what further disciplinary action, if any, will be taken following the investigation.
If true, it is utterly unacceptable that this matter was reported in July, but only acted upon now due to the pressure that Mr Langleben was able to create.
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