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September 7, 2016 10:43 am

British Jewish MP Under Police Protection Following Death Threat

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Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth. Photo: Twitter.

Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth. Photo: Twitter. – A Jewish member of the British Parliament is receiving police protection after she received an antisemitic death threat on Facebook, the BBC reported.

Ruth Smeeth, 37, a member of the Labor Party, was repeatedly called a “Yid” and other offensive names, as well as being accused of being a “CIA agent,” who should “swing from” the “gallows” for committing treason, in the July online post.

The threat was made after Smeeth called for Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation in June, when he failed to intervene after an activist used antisemitic slurs, accusing Smeeth of being part of a “media conspiracy” against Corbyn during an antisemitism-inquiry meeting.

Following the incident, Smeeth said she received 25,000 abusive comments, 20,000 of which were sent in a 12-hour period.

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Smeeth said she holds Corbyn personally responsible for the threat.

The British Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command has launched an investigation into and a manhunt for the Facebook abuser.

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