Analysis

Pro-Israel teacher may face sack after teaching council intervenes over alleged use of fake account to post antisemitic messages

‘Friends of Israel’ member allegedly set up fake persona to post social media messages

Edward Sutherland

Edward Sutherland, an Ayr religious studies teacher and activist in lobby group Confederation of Friends of Israel (COFIS) has stepped down from his position while the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) continues its investigation into allegations that Sutherland set up a fake social media account to post antisemitic messages, according to the Daily Record.

Sutherland’s supporters have not denied that he did so but claim that the account, in the name of ‘Stevie Harrison’, was a ‘decoy’ to entrap bigots into making similar comments.

An initial GTCS panel hearing recommended a full investigation, for which a date has not yet been set.

In 2018, the SKWAWKBOX exclusively identified a series of strikingly similar fake social media accounts claiming to be Labour members and posting antisemitic comments. The Labour right treated the messages as genuine – and one prominent critic was caught inventing a ‘bio‘ for one of the accounts to shore up its credibility.

In spite of such evidence from various sources, the ‘mainstream’ media never seriously examined the accuracy of claims about the nature and scale of alleged ‘Labour antisemitism’. That lack of coverage appears to apply to the Sutherland case, too, as the SKWAWKBOX was unable to find it mentioned outside a small section of the Scottish press.

The Daily Record was unable to reach Mr Sutherland for comment.

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