Israel “created” the anti-Semitism row engulfing the UK Labour Party, a trade union leader has been recorded suggesting.
According to audio released by the Independent, Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) general secretary Mark Serwotka suggested the Jewish state had driven a secret narrative to hide what he called its own “atrocities.”
Mr Serwokta, an ally of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, had told an event organised by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign there was no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour movement before moving to highlight what he alleged was the cause of constant criticism of the hard-left party and its membership.
He then pointed to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the deaths of Palestinian terrorists by Israeli troops as among the real issues being distracted from by “a summer of asking ourselves whether leading Labour movement people are in any way anti-Semitic?”
Mr. Serwotka is general secretary of the largest civil service trade union, the Public and Commercial Services Union, a post he has held since December 2000.