Labour Councillor Luke Cresswell has been selected as the Labour candidate in the Sudbury South by-election. In the past, we have highlighted Councillor Creswell’s disturbing tweets, but rather than being disciplined by the Labour Party, it appears that Councillor Cresswell enjoys the Party’s continuing support.
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.
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”.
Councillor Cresswell also made clear his support for Ken Livingstone in a Facebook comment after Mr Livingstone claimed that “Hitler was supporting Zionism”.
Confronted over the tweets by other Twitter users at the time, Councillor Cresswell defended the tweets, claiming that “it is nothing to do with religion”, but his reference to Moses, for example, rather contradicts him. Councillor Cresswell now appears to have deleted his Twitter account.
Councillor Cresswell has not yet responded to a request for comment.
We are grateful to the Labour Party members who brought Councillor Cresswell’s selection to our attention.
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