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Waterstones cancels launch event for Labour book after ‘vicious’ intimidation campaign

Bookseller cancels launch of “Bad News for Labour: Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief ” after campaign of threats and intimidation by pro-Israel hardliners
Waterstones in Brighton

An event this evening near Labour’s conference in Brighton, to launch a book by five academics that examines the wider context of antisemitism allegations against the Labour Party, has been cancelled by bookseller Waterstones after a ‘vicious’ and threatening campaign by the party’s opponents.

The event was scheduled to start at 7.30pm and would have featured a panel discussion including the authors and world-famous film director Ken Loach. An organiser of the launch described the campaign as ‘vicious, large-scale and threatening’.

Brighton was also the scene of threats – including in person – that forced two venues to cancel a recent event involving suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson. Staff were so traumatised by the sinister campaign that at least one was unable to resume work.

Organisers are seeking an alternative venue for the launch. Waterstones has been asked to comment.

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