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Labour Party Anti-Semitism Crisis – The Reality of Act.IL

Last updated on February 18th, 2019

In the wake of UK political formation, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Human Rights Watch has lost all legitimacy regarding Israel.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon on Sunday said that Human Rights Watch has lost all legitimacy after a senior official from the organisation claimed that Israel manufactured the anti-semitism crisis within Britain’s Labour Party.

This has raised concern across the UK politics, as several top ranked officials and individuals have given their thoughts on the matter.

Sarah Leah Whitson, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division, on Saturday  retweeted a post from Asa Winstanley: “We’re on the cusp of a major new wave of manufactured ‘Labour antisemitism crisis’ stories, much like spring/summer 2018. Buckle up.”

Just above the embedded tweet, Whitson wrote: “Why is this #Israel interference in domestic UK politics acceptable? Is it only a problem when Russia does this?”

In what seemed like a trail of tweets, Nahshon responded that the Human Rights Watch “has lost all legitimacy when it comes to Israel. Obsessive hatred and conspiracy theories worthy of the worst antisemites.”

Nahshon claimed that it had been a long time since the Foreign Ministry last cooperated with the Human Rights Watch.

According to Winstanley, in her article on the anti-Israel Chicago-based Electronic Intifada, which she titled “Israel running campaign against Jeremy Corbyn”, she claimed that beyond what is known to many, the Israeli government operates an application that urges its users to freely call out the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for anti-semitism.

Winstanley wrote: “This is the latest evidence of an Israeli campaign of psychological warfare against the UK’s main opposition party.”

There has been a recent revelation by the Sunday Times when they uncovered a 2010 event in which Corbyn compared Israeli government to the Nazis.

Winstanley was referring to the application called the Act.IL, which asked its users to freely call out Jeremy Corbyn’s remarks. 

According to the Act.IL website, a joint venture of the Israeli American Council, IAC together with the Interdisciplinary Center, IDC, was created mainly to use the social media as a tool to combat the “Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement and de-legitimization of the State of Israel.”

But according to Winstanley, the Electronic Intifada write-up, Act.IL “is part of a long-running influence operation by Israel and its lobby groups to smear Corbyn, a veteran Palestine solidarity activist, and to label the party he leads institutionally anti-Semitic. The operation also aims to push Labour, where there is strong support for Palestinian rights among the grassroots, in a more pro-Israel direction.” A pro-Israel education and advocacy body which is based in Los Angeles, USAStandWithUS tweeted:

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