'Sarah Leah Whitson, the head of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division, was fiercely attacked by anti-Palestinian groups and pundits this weekend.
She had shared a posting of mine on the manufactured “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” story.
My tweet included an article from last year in which I reported a clear example of Israeli interference in British politics.
The “Act.IL” organization, which is coordinated and backed by Israel’s so-called Ministry of Strategic Affairs, had used a troll army to spread false information about Jeremy Corbyn – the leader of the UK’s official opposition party.
Whitson commented, “Why is this #Israel interference in domestic UK politics acceptable? Is it only a problem when Russia does this?”
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) February 9, 2019
Both are pertinent questions.
But predictably, Israel’s propagandists attacked the article as “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
Today, Member of U.S. Congress @IlhanMN implies @AIPAC is ‘buying’ American politicians to be pro-Israel.
This is progressive #Antisemitism & bigotry! Welcome to 2019! pic.twitter.com/ydZjk4z6RW
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) February 11, 2019
What Whitson’s attackers refused to address was the substance of the report. Instead, they falsely accused her of spreading “anti-Semitism.”
This is a deliberate tactic to distract from how Israel interferes in domestic UK politics – and indeed around the world.
What I reported – and has still not been contested, let alone refuted – is the fact that in August last year, a well-funded group called Act.IL had used a troll army to spread anti-Corbyn and anti-Labour propaganda in the UK.
A “mission” on the app directed users to comment on Facebook in response to a Huffington Post UK story about Corbyn’s alleged “anti-Israel remarks,” which the Israel-backed app claimed are “often a way to hide anti-Semitism.”
Since that report, The Electronic Intifada has obtained further evidence that Act.IL’s budget is more than $1 million.'
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