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Labour anti-Semitism storm now encompasses party in Scotland

A Scottish Labour councillor has been suspended from the party after a series of “anti-Semitic” rants on his blog – including one in which he describes Israel as “a war criminal state”.

Councillor Terry Kelly – who represents Paisley North West on Renfrewshire Council – has been removed from the party pending an investigation.

The move comes following a series of blog posts where he rails against Zionism and backs Ken Livingstone, who was suspended from the party last week.

The 67-year-old, who served as former Scottish Labour leader and retired MSP Wendy Alexander’s election agent on three occasions, also said the criticism of Livingstone is part of a bid to have Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ousted from his role.

Councillor Kelly has also lost his place as convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board following his suspension from the Labour Party.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The situation regarding Councillor Kelly is that he is not suspended as a councillor but, as he has been suspended by his party, he cannot serve on council boards or committees where he attended as a party representative.”

In a blog post on Saturday, April 30, Councillor Kelly wrote a blog post – titled, ‘Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone are anti Semites according to the Blairite rump of the Labour Party! Beam me up Scotty’.

terrykellyHe wrote: “The accusations of anti-Semitism are based on something he said about Hitler and German Zionists who conspired to relocate German Jews to Palestine this was before he started the wholesale murder of the German Jewish population.

“To accept their charge of anti-Semitism you have to also accept that opposition to Zionism and Israel means you are anti-Semitic.

“No one who is attacking Livingstone can tell us what Livingstone said that was anti-Semitic, he was referring to a ‘bona fide’ historical fact which was that Hitler and the German Zionists were in accord.”

And the councillor – who represents Paisley’s Ferguslie Park area, one of the most deprived areas in Britain – said he believed it was part of a campaign to see Corbyn removed from power.

He explained: “This is the lengths that the underhand Blairites in the Labour Party will go to in their attempts to get rid of Corbyn and they do not care how much damage to the party they do to achieve that.

“With Corbyn’s landslide support as leader I foresee a lot of deselections coming, they will be democratic deselections and I will be giving them my total support, these people are treacherous self servers who think they own the Labour Party, it’s high time they learned different.”

And in a blog post from Thursday, March 31, called ‘Is it possible still, for anyone to defend Israel?’ he called for a boycott of the country and compared events there to the Vietnam War.

 

 

 

He also called on readers to boycott Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.

He explained: “Not many have investments so they can’t disinvest and sanctions are done by governments but everyone can boycott!

“The Israeli Government are twisting the arms of many countries to get them to ban BDS but the truth is that no one can stop you from boycotting Israeli goods and refusing to have any contact with them, it worked with apartheid South Africa and the State of Israel is feeling the heat so ‘pile it on’.”

Rivals on Renfrewshire Council said Councillor Kelly’s conduct was proof that Labour are not fit to govern.

A spokesperson from the Renfrewshire Council SNP group said: “SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has made clear that we have a zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism or racism of any kind.

“Councillor Kelly has made clear many times on social media his support for the view of the Iranian leadership that Israel has no right to exist, this denies the voice of the Israeli peace movement and progressive voices that want a change of policy on the Palestinian question.

“Councillor Kelly was a Militant supporter in the 1980’s, and comes from the same hard left stable as Jeremy Corbyn. “Labour is simply unelectable these days, and this is proof.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Labour said: “Terry Kelly has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

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Scottish market selling Nazi doll – why?

Jewish leaders have blasted a market trader for selling a child’s doll which is emblazoned with a swastika and appears to be doing a Nazi salute.

The shocking children’s toy was spotted at a stall in one of the indoor sections in the famous Barras market in Glasgow among other kids’ playthings.

It was close to another stall selling genuine Second World War memorabilia items, including flags, badges and weapons.

Paul Morron, president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said: “It’s an affront to decency.

“It’s just not acceptable. For a Nazi symbol to be on a child’s doll or plaything really [fails] a fundamental test.”

56ffdd2c2f1d8_naziMr Morron demanded the object be “removed forthwith” and said he had no idea “why anyone thought it was ever right that it should have been there to begin with.”

Cllr Greg Hepburn, SNP councillor for the Glasgow Calton ward, said: “The Barras is a place where everyone should feel welcome.

“I don’t think you’ll find very many people of any race, religion or nationality who would find that welcoming.

“I can only assume that whoever did it thought it was funny, as the alternative is much worse.

“I can definitely see why this toy is considered offensive. It’s completely inappropriate and I doubt that it would have been acceptable in the 60s or 70s, never mind 2016.”

Jay Anderson, who spotted the item while browsing the stall said he was “quite taken back” when he noticed it.

Jay, 26, from Yorkhill, Glasgow, said: “I think whoever made it feels like they’re being funny and edgy but it’s just simply offensive. Seeing that sort of thing in the Barras is unnecessary.

“Seeing any kind of Nazi symbols not only reminds people of what happened years ago, it is associated with evil views like racism, xenophobia and homophobia which isn’t something that should be condoned or taken lightly.

“That doll doesn’t need to be there, not in a society where we’re aiming to be more tolerant and accepting. Nazi symbolism needs to be left behind along with the views it represents.”

Stall owner Andrew Randall said he bought the doll in a box with other items and claimed did not intend to offend anyone.

He said: “I just put it in a box full of scary toys. I’ve never had anyone complaining to me about it and it’s out in broad daylight.

“That’s the way I got it. It’s in a box with other scary objects, it’s a box of terror.

“If you look at the other toys in there, there’s a dog with teeth and a squirrel with a baby head.

“If I thought it was majorly offensive I would take it off but to me it’s just a curiosity. I’m not out there to upset anyone.

“My stall is full of curiosities, I’m sure there are other things which would offend people on it as well.”

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