Fiona Sharpe, spokeswoman for Labour Against Antisemitism, has spoken out after prominent Labour MPs joined Palestinians and others on a protest march to the Israeli embassy.
Fiona said: “Some of the social media comments from Labour MPs over the last few days regarding the situation in Israel and Gaza have been ill-advised and ill-informed. They have a duty to use their platform responsibly and they are failing to uphold that responsibility.”
“We would urge all public figures to deploy caution when commenting on what is happening in Israel and Gaza and avoid tweeting anything that could inflame the situation and also endanger the Jewish community here in any way.”
Some Labour MP’s placed the blame solely at the feet of Israel. The MP for East Leeds. Richard Burgon tweeted: “We need action from the British Government to put pressure on Israel to end its illegal occupation of Palestine, its colonial settlements and the siege of Gaza. The Government should ban arms sales to Israel and impose sanctions for Israel’s violations of international law.”