Labour Councillor Luke Cresswell has defended his decision to tweet antisemitic images, saying that “it is nothing to do with religion”, but his tweets contradict him. In one, he tweeted a blood-drenched Israeli flag accusing Israel of genocide, captioned “Moses must be proud of you”. In another tweet, he uses a cartoon to portray Israelis as the new Nazis. Cresswell is also clearly a strong supporter of Ken Livingstone, having used Facebook to declare his “solidarity” with Livingstone after Livingstone claimed that Hitler supported Zionism.
Under the International Definition of Antisemitism, “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is antisemitic, as it “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”.
Disturbingly, a Twitter user claims to have reported him to the Labour Party a year ago, and rather than being disciplined by the Party, it appears that he has instead been selected by the Party to run in the upcoming Council elections.
We would like to thank the various Labour Party members who brought Cresswell’s posts to our attention.
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