A serving Labour Councillor has claimed that Israeli intelligence service Mossad might be behind allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party.
Councillor Mary Bain Lockhart made the appalling claim after seeing that three leading Jewish newspapers had all published the same front page story that a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose an “existential threat” to British Jewry.
The Councillor for Lochgelly, Cardenden and Benarty in Scotland suggested that the newspapers might have colluded under instructions from Mossad, taking to Facebook to write “And if it is a Mossad assisted campaign to prevent the election of a Labour Government pledged to recognise Palestine as a State, it is unacceptable interference in the democracy of Britain.”
Former Dunfermline and West Fife Labour MP Thomas Docherty told The Courier he would be making a formal complaint, saying: “If you even suggest that British Jews are agents of the Israeli secret service that is an antisemitic trope and you have no place in the Labour Party.” However The Courier also reported that the Scottish Labour Party had not yet received any formal complaint, not that it should require a complaint in order to investigate the matter.
Due to conditions of secrecy introduced during the Chakrabarti whitewash report, even if the Labour Party does investigate, it is unlikely to publicly comment on its findings. Normally we only hear about the outcomes of the Labour Party’s disciplinary cases when those under investigation post about them on social media.