Jewish Labour activist seeking to replace Livingstone target of vile anti-Semitic trolls

A Labour activist standing for the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has faced “vile” anti-Semitic abuse by online trolls.

One of the senior Scottish trade unions, GMB Scotland,  has waded in by condemning the attacks on Rhea Wolfson, a Jewish Scottish Labour activist and the trade union’s Glasgow branch secretary.

Example of the anti-Semitic hate directed at  Rhea Wolfson
Example of the anti-Semitic hate directed at Rhea Wolfson

Ms Wolfson recently announced her candidacy to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s NEC and has been backed by the influential pro-Jeremy Corbyn group Momentum.

After Ms Wolfson’s candidacy was confirmed, she faced a spate of coordinated anti-Semitic abuse on social media which was also extended to members of her family.

GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith said: “There is no place for anti-Semitism or racism of any kind in our politics or society and Rhea has the total solidarity of her trade union in the face of this vile abuse.

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“Rhea is a hugely talented and principled activist; a popular and respected member of our union in Scotland and beyond with an established track record of campaigning for social justice and human rights.

“We can’t let this hate go unchallenged. What sort of message would that send out to young people of all backgrounds who may want to get involved in making our communities and workplaces more fair, peaceful and prosperous?

“GMB Scotland looks after our members and we call on all representatives from across civic society and politics to condemn these hate crimes.”

GMB said they will bring the incident to the attention of the police.

Nominations to replace Livingstone on the Labour NEC close on June 24.

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