As Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis staggers on, it has been announced that the party membership of a columnist from Ireland who apparently said Israel was using the Holocaust to receive money has been suspended. However, the individual in question disputes the claim.
John McAuliffe, an international member of the British party, columnist at Digital Journal and the Cambridge Globalist, was apparently suspended this week after allegedly posting on Facebook a message in which he described the genocide as:
“The most useful political tool of the Zionist government in Israel to establish a financial racket in the West, whereby Israel receives an unlimited sum for the duration of its existence.”
The suspension, made known to the Jewish News by a Labour spokesperson, represents the latest twist amid a string of crises concerning prominent Labour members who have made anti-Semitic comments. However, in a recent Twitter response, McAuliffe said that he is unaware of any suspension and has not, “even been contacted.”
In his Facebook post, McAuliffe wrote: “The large level of poverty in Israel among Holocaust survivors shows they don’t care about the emotional impact they are trying to generate. It is about money and military technology. This further paints a clearer picture of the divide between Zionism and Judaism, and their incompatibility.”
The Jewish Labour Movement has put forward a proposal to change Labour rules to make it easier to permanently exclude those who express anti-Semitic or Islamophobic sentiment.
Following publication of this article there followed an exchange of Twitter tweets between AntiSemitismWatch and Mr AcAuliffe:
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