'Alex Richardson — laughing with Joan Ryan and Shai Masot about “more than 1 million pounds” in Israeli funding in Al Jazeera’s undercover film, left, and appearing unnamed in the BBC Panorama film “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?” on the right.'
'In a panicked response to increased scrutiny, Labour Friends of Israel on Tuesday denounced Al Jazeera for its undercover investigation The Lobby.
The Israel lobby group is attempting to discredit the documentary despite how Britain’s official broadcasting regulator threw out all complaints of bias against it.
The four-part film broadcast in 2017 exposed the covert activities of Labour Friends of Israel among other Israel lobby groups in the UK.
The film led to the expulsion from the UK of an Israeli diplomat who was caught secretly plotting to “take down” a British government minister.
That same diplomat, Shai Masot, was also caught discussing Israeli government funding for junkets to Israel with the head of Labour Friends of Israel.
Masot was a spy apparently operating under diplomatic cover.
Al Jazeera made a similar film exposing covert activities by Israel and its lobby in the United States. However it was never broadcast due to a massive Israel lobby campaign against the Qatar-based network.
The film was leaked and published by The Electronic Intifada last year.
Amongst many insights, the 2017 UK film shows definitively that Labour Friends of Israel has operated as a front for the Israeli embassy in London.
Some of the subjects of the film lodged complaints with Ofcom, the UK’s official regulator which has the power to sanction broadcasters if they breach rules on fairness and accuracy.
The complainants alleged that the program was anti-Semitic and misleadingly edited. But after a months-long investigation, Ofcom cleared the film on all counts.
The regulator threw out the charges of bias and ruled that it did not consider that “a critical analysis of the actions of a foreign state constituted anti-Semitism.”'
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