The Deputy Leader of the Green Party has apologised for tweeting an antisemitic cartoon depicting Israel and the United States as responsible for conflict and death around the world.
Amelia Womack shared an animated image of the Grim Reaper cloaked in an American flag and carrying a scythe emblazoned with the flag of Israel and dripping with blood going door to door – each door representing a country – bringing death.
Ms Womack accompanied the image with the caption: “When a picture paints a thousand words.”
She later deleted the tweet some hours later, saying “That’ll teach me for sharing things just as my battery dies on a train.”
The next morning she apologised, saying: “Yesterday I tweeted a picture which, in my ignorance, I thought was satirising U.S. Imperialism. It wasn’t, it was in fact antisemitic and I apologise wholeheartedly for tweeting it. I abhor antisemitism in all forms. There is no excuse for what I did and I’m truly sorry.”
The incident occurred in January 2019.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.
Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life, To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.