Amid Growing anti-Semitism Crisis, Britain's Labour Suspends More Members

Jackie Walker and David Watson suspended from party following alleged anti-Semitic posts on social media, British media report.

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As accusations of anti-Semitism in party ranks continue to plague its ranks, the British Labour Party suspended another two members over alleged anti-Semitic remarks.

Last week, the party suspended member Jackie Walker after it was revealed that she linked Jews to "the African holocaust" in Facebook comments, the BBC reported.

The vice chairwoman of the Momentum movement, a successor group to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's election campaign, wrote in a February post that Jews were "financiers of the sugar and slave trade."

Following her suspension, Walker noted that "What I said was that some Jews were major financiers in the slave trade and some of those people were my ancestors – as were some slaves," the BBC quoted her as saying.

"What I was pointing out in that context was that I have ancestors coming from both sides of a holocaust."

"I have been a lifelong campaigner for equality for all people and I am just appalled at the way I have been treated," she added.

Meanwhile, Labour also suspended party activist David Watson last week after The Jewish Chronicle highlighted posts he wrote on social media.

According to the Chronicle, Watson shared articles on Facebook asserting that Israel had carried out genocide against the Palestinians, comparing the Mossad with the Nazis and claiming that Islamic State used Israeli-made weapons.

The Labour activist told the Chronicle that "I've never made any anti-Semitic comments in my life, so I'm very surprised."

Earlier last week, Labour suspended three members for anti-Israel comments. The move follows the suspension last week of two other Labour figures, including former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was on the party's executive council.

Corbyn has launched an independent review of anti-Semitism and racism within its ranks.

On Sunday, The Mail on Sunday reported that Labour MP Rupa Huq suggested that following Britain's role as a mandate power in pre-state Palestine, a Labour government could apologize for the founding of Israel in 1948.

"1948, that happened under a British government. To my mind, an apology – yes. You could do one. A Labour Government could probably get that through," she reportedly said last year at a meeting of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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