Right-wingers attempt to make up for suspension of several ‘centrist’ councillors over racism allegations
The SKWAWKBOX recently revealed details of a series of messages that have led to the suspension of right-wing councillors in the London borough of Haringey after complaints of racism, Islamophobia and threatening behaviour.
At the same time – and made the focus of events by some right-wing media – two left-wing councillors in the borough were also suspended: Preston Tabois – one of the signatories to the complaint about right-wing councillors’ racist comments – and Noah Tucker, supposedly over allegedly antisemitic comments on social media.
Tabois’s supporters say that his comments were selectively and misleadingly used in order to support the complaint against him and the SKWAWKBOX has shown that the principle example used in the media against him was used in this way.
And the comments used against Tucker appear to have been equally misleadingly framed, with context removed that shows he was in fact arguing against a claim about Israel controlling the Labour Party, in what left-wingers in the area believe is a ‘stitch-up’.
One of the Facebook posts listed against Tucker, for example, is used to imply that he was suggesting that Israel is ‘taking over’ the Labour Party – but Tucker’s comment clearly says this is not the case and the surrounding messages show that he was contradicting someone else who made the claim:
The second part of Tucker’s comment is simply factual: Israeli ambassador Mark Regev publicly fanned the flames of the antisemitism allegations, while embassy official Shai Masot was captured by an undercover Al Jazeera sting discussing the establishment of pro-Israel groups in the Labour Party and described Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader as a ‘crisis’. The actions revealed by the Al Jazeera documentary were even condemned by Tory MPs such as Crispin Blunt and Nicholas Soames.
Other comments used against Tucker are framed in similarly misleading ways. It seems that the Labour right is resorting to misrepresentation to take out a couple of left-wing councillors in an attempt to ‘balance the scales’ on a council it is desperate to win back, after the suspension of key members of what had been planned as a ‘coup’ to take place this summer and autumn.
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