Political website Guido Fawkes has revealed a series of antisemitic tweets by Tim Lezard, a new advisor to Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on relations with trade unions.
In one tweet, Lezard implies that Jews should be left to face rising antisemitism without security because he opposed an Israeli military operation in Gaza, asking: “When antisemitism rises as a result of Israel bombing Gaza, should UK tax-payers fund security for synagogues?” According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is antisemitic.
In another tweet, he asked his 3,000 followers: “I’m thinking of setting up another new campaign group. Either Conservative Friends of Nazis, or Nazi Friends of Israel. Whaddya reckon?” According to the definition, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic. He also appears to suggest in yet another tweet that the Holocaust is being used as a means of “blackmail”.
According to Guido Fawkes, Lezard confirmed that he has been hired to work for Corbyn. The only comment from Corbyn’s spokesman is reportedly that: “We do not comment on staffing matters”.
Tim Lezard should not be allowed to remain in the Labour Party, let alone in its inner circle, advising its leader. His antisemitic tweets span a period of several years and at the time of writing they have not been deleted. That the Labour leader’s spokesman saw fit to describe these tweets as “staffing matters” is sickening.
When anti-Semitism rises as a result of Israel bombing Gaza, should UK tax-payers fund security for synagogues? http://t.co/Tg4jZld6fF
— Tim Lezard ❄️ (@TolpuddleTim) February 9, 2015
I'm thinking of setting up another new campaign group. Either Conservative Friends of Nazis, or Nazi Friends of Israel. Whaddya reckon?
— Tim Lezard ❄️ (@TolpuddleTim) December 11, 2011
"And don't blackmail people about the Holocaust! What are the lessons of the Holocaust? Don't be racist. Don't kill people." @PSCupdates
— Tim Lezard ❄️ (@TolpuddleTim) July 28, 2015