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February 6, 2017 3:30 pm

In Twitter Posts, Newly Elected UK Labour Official Accuses ‘Israel Lobby’ of Controlling British Government

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Rebecca Massey and two of her tweets. Photo: CAA.

Rebecca Massey and two of her tweets. Photo: CAA.

A newly elected official in a local chapter of the UK Labour Party has accused the “Israel lobby” of controlling the British government, the volunteer-led charity the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism reported on Friday.

According to the report, Rebecca Massey, the Interim Chair of Central Hove, Brunswick and Adelaide, has been using the Twitter handle @beckycheabas not only to attack the Jewish state — calling it “pathological” and “barbaric” — but to libel Jews under the International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the British government in December.

CAA also noted that Massey attacked MP Chuka Umunna over the summer for saying that “[o]ffending Jewish people is a betrayal of our Labour values,” after former London Mayor Ken Livingstone claimed that Hitler supported Zionism. “Umunna swallowed the conflation of Zionist with Jewish (or pretends to). He was clearly full of malice, yet seems proud of it,” Massey tweeted in June.

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CAA said that it was not initially certain that the Twitter handle did, in fact, belong to Massey, but was given confirmation by Greg Hadfield, former secretary of Brighton, Hove and District Labour party — suspended in October — who tweeted his congratulations on her election.

“Tremendous! #Brighton #Hove Labour make progress (ie move forward), with election of @BeckyCheAbas as branch chair in Peter Kyle’s backyard,” he posted on January 17.

CAA called Massey’s social media post that Labour’s antisemitism crisis was manufactured by the “Israel lobby” — a.k.a. Jews — “truly ironic,” since that crisis “rests squarely in the black hearts of individuals like her.”

In May, as The Algemeiner reported, the CAA released data indicating that the rise in antisemitism in Britain was a “core part of far-Left ideology.” And though the findings came on the heels of a series of scandals surrounding the open expression of anti-Jewish sentiment in Labour, its research refers to 2015, when there was a 50 percent increase in violent attacks against Jews from the previous year.

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