Excl: Watson subject of formal antisemitism complaint by Professor of Jewish history

Prof Geoffrey Alderman writes to party to ask for investigation of Watson’s”oldest antisemitic trope” in Easter message
Professor Alderman, left, and Tom Watson

Geoffrey Alderman is a noted professor of the history of the Jewish community in the UK – and also a journalist. The Jewish Telegraph, announcing his agreement to write a regular column in the paper, said that it was ‘thrilled and excited’ about the decision. Alderman also writes for the Times.

Professor Alderman has written to the Labour Party to complain about the Easter message circulated by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson this spring, which he feels reinforces “the oldest antisemitic trope”:

Tom Watson was attacked last week by Daniel Janner QC, the son of one of the victims of abuse fraudster Carl Beech. Janner said of Watson’s involvement in Beech’s false accusations:

Tom Watson is primarily responsible for whipping up a moral panic…

He appointed himself Britain’s chief paedo-finder general and created a moral panic. His motive was personal political advancement riding on a bandwagon of public frenzy which he had whipped up.

So he should hang his head in shame, and he should resign. For him to take the moral high ground in the Labour Party against anti-Semitism is completely hypocritical.

The Labour Party does not comment on individual cases, but say that it takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously.

Tom Watson has been contacted for comment.

Another right-wing Labour MP, Margaret Hodge, was the subject of a separate formal antisemitism complaint last week, after tweeting derogatory comments about an Orthodox Jew, whom she described as not ‘mainstream’ and as ‘anti-LGBT’.

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