Non-Labour ‘Labour Against Anti-Semitism’ boss in anti-Semitic attack on former Children’s Laureate

Anti-Semitic: and this tweet was published by a director of Labour Against Anti-Semitism (who isn’t a member of the Labour Party). Credibility blown?

When it all falls apart for so-called anti-Semitism crusaders, it seems to fall apart badly.

Peter Newbon is a director of Labour Against Anti-Semitism (LAAS), despite not being a member of the Labour Party (it would be interesting to find out if he has any other political affiliations).

Today, May 19, he tweeted an image of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reading Jewish former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to a group of children, with the image altered so the book appears to be the anti-Semitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The caption was: “‘Oh no! A J-… er, I mean a ZIONIST! A nasty, horrible Zionist! We can’t go over him, we can’t go under him, we’ll have to make an effigy…'”

See for yourself:

This is clearly an anti-Semitic message, linking all Jewish people with a racist ideology in what appears to be an attempt to “normalise” Zionism along the lines of Robert Jenrick’s “Anti-Zionism is antisemitism” nonsense.

Now, serious questions are being asked about Labour Against Anti-Semitism, and Newbon’s university job also appears to be at risk.

Questions are even being asked of the Labour Party, whose leaders have signalled support for LAAS on many occasions:

Let’s all keep a close eye on this one.

I think some very nasty people have a lot of explaining to do.

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  1. Martin Odoni May 19, 2021 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I tried to contact Newbon about this over Twitter earlier, and found his account had been switched to private.

    Now I wonder why that could be…..?

    I hate to transfer the onus onto the victim, but this really is the time for Corbyn to draw a line under all this nonsense, to say, “No more smears will be tolerated,” and then to sue Newbon to smithereens. It’s a completely outrageous and baseless smear, and a clear sign of Zionist agitation at the growing (and very correct) sympathy around the West for the Palestinians in Gaza during the current spate of Israeli atrocities (including emerging evidence of Israeli deployment of White Phosphorus yet again). The phoney narrative of “poor little Israel being bullied by evil Arabs” just isn’t convincing enough people anymore.

    • Mike Sivier May 19, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Absolutely. Where is Corbyn?

  2. James May 19, 2021 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Mike – check out – especially the current pinned post “Statement from Emma Picken, spokesperson for Labour Against Antisemitism.” It’s appalling stuff (not just that pinned post)

    • Mike Sivier May 19, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Ugh. I’ve got some more stories to write, but I’ll have a look if I can be bothered trying to stomach it.

  3. Martyn Meacham May 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Surely he can get done for slander and defamation? It is time for Corbyn to take these slanderers and defamers to court?

    • Mike Sivier May 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Long past time. He isn’t rising above it. He’s ignoring injustice.

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