Terry Couchman, a Labour Party candidate for the Lyneham Ward in Wiltshire, appears to have been suspended by the Party over alleged antisemitic tweets and Facebook posts, including repeated references to “ZioNazis”. Before setting his Twitter account to keep his tweets private temporarily, an account using his name tweeted: “Suspended by the Labour Party for criticisms of ZioNazis. To minimise the ZioNazi biased Media towards Labour I will go private temporarily.”
In Facebook posts, an account using his name attacked “Jewish Organisations”, commenting: “Lets get things clear here – It is the ZioNazi Storm Troopers of IsraHell that are using ‘Chemical Weapons’. They are continuing their Ethnic Cleansing by way of other means of poisoning now. I hope all you Jewish Organisations that still support IsraHell are proud of yourselves.”
The account also declared the US strike on a Syrian airbase to be the “ZioNazi Final Solution”, whilst also suggesting that “The ZioNazis of IsraHell are at their dirty games of provoking wars again…they pay off US and UK Politicians to divide up the Middle East for them.”
These vile comments clearly breach the International Definition of Antisemitism which has been accepted by the Labour Party.
A Labour Party spokesperson told Jewish News: “The Labour Party is aware of complaints about Terry Couchman. The Party takes all complaints seriously and will take all appropriate disciplinary action in line with the Party’s rule book and procedures.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism awaits to find out more details about the apparent suspension and what further disciplinary action, if any, the Labour Party will take over these grossly antisemitic comments. In the past, the Labour Party has refused to reveal whether it has taken any disciplinary action, as recommended in a whitewash report on antisemitism in the Party by Baroness Chakrabarti.
Last week the Labour Party decided not to expel Ken Livingstone for saying that “supported Zionism, before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.
Suspended by the Labour Party for criticisms of ZioNazis. To minimise the ZioNazi biased Media towards Labour I will go private temporarily
— Terry Couchman (@YourChoiceUK) April 7, 2017