This should be a matter of serious concern to everybody with an interest in free speech and democracy.
The faked-up claims of anti-Semitism against Peter Willsman have led to him receiving death threats.
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I would like to hear how Mr Willsman’s accusers justify what they have done, in the light of this threat.
What does Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, have to say for herself?
How about Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, who published the vile allegations without paying a scrap of attention to proper journalistic procedures like fact-checking?
Come to that, the recording was said to have been made by a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee who ‘phoned in’ their participation. How does this person feel about having possibly endangered Mr Willsman’s life for a lie?
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust? How does a person whose career is about educating people against behaviour that leads to mass murder feel about her own involvement in the potential endangerment of a single life?
And what about Labour MPs Tom Watson and Luciana Berger, who also passed censorious opinions? They are both right-wingers while Mr Willsman is a lefty – is retaking control of the party so important to them that they are willing to run a risk to life and limb?
Even fellow lefty Owen Jones has questions to answer, having accepted the allegation without question and then passing a prejudicial opinion about it on Twitter.
Careless talk still costs lives. The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox is still a recent memory, yet these ambitious political operators are perfectly happy to risk repeating that tragedy. They must be made to answer for their words.
Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) member Peter Willsman was at the centre of controversy after a recording of his comments during an NEC meeting was leaked to the media.
The comments were presented as antisemitic, but a proper examination of what was actually said, rather than the framing by media and ‘centrist’ MPs, showed that while crass they were not racist.
Such facts appear not to have troubled some, however – as Willsman has today received a death threat as a recorded message on his voicemail, saying:
You racist c**t. We know where you are. We’re coming to get you and spread your blood all over the pavement.
It’s to be hoped that this is a sick attempt to frighten, but the incident lays out very clearly the risks involved when one faction targets an opponent for political gain.
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