Daniel Harris, a Labour Party housing campaigner in Brighton and Hove, has reportedly been suspended from the party pending an investigation after posting a Chanukah video on Facebook into which he allegedly added the faces of council leader Warren Morgan and his colleagues, Anne Meadows and Caroline Penn. They are seen wearing the tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl, and the black hats of charedi Jews, while animated Stars of David hang in the background and are visible on floor.
Former Hove MP Ivor Caplin told the Brighton and Hove News: “I was appalled that any member of the Labour Party could think that this is any way you could treat Labour councillors.” He said that two of the three councillors in question had significant Jewish connections, adding that this was a time for the Party to show zero tolerance “to this kind of antisemitism.”
After being accused of antisemitism, Mr Harris reportedly described the video as “a bit of fun”. He shared the news of his suspension in a Facebook post and reportedly said that he would fight his suspension.
A Labour Party spokeman reportedly told the JC: “The Party takes all complaints extremely seriously. A Labour Party member has been suspended from the Party pending an investigation.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism awaits to find out more details about Mr Harris’ apparent suspension and what further disciplinary action, if any, will be taken by Labour following the investigation. Following Baroness Chakrabarti’s whitewash report on antisemitism in the Labour Party, most disciplinary proceedings have been conducted in secrecy.