Twitter’s suspension of Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza has been overturned, with the social media giant saying that her two accounts had been suspended ‘mistakenly’. The suspension of Mendoza’s main account had followed a series of coordinated and vexatious complaints, with Twitter pointing to a tweet in which she had queried the morality of someone bearing a swastika tattoo and wearing a Remembrance poppy.
Mendoza had appealed the suspension, initially without success, but it was eventually lifted:
However, the account was subsequently suspended again, with a handful of anti-Labour ‘usual suspects’ and their hangers-on congratulating themselves on Twitter for their ‘success’ in targeting her. Mendoza set up a second account on Sunday, but this was also almost immediately suspended, in spite of almost no traffic.
Former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein summed up the anger following the initial suspension:
In response to an enquiry from the SKWAWKBOX as to the reason for the suspension of the two accounts, a Twitter spokesperson responded:
The accounts referenced were mistakenly suspended, and have now been reinstated.
Ms Mendoza, whose wife Nancy is Jewish, told the SKWAWKBOX:
I’d like to thank everyone who protested loudly enough for us to be noticed.
I don’t expect these people to stop. They want to bully and intimidate people to stop us communicating a simple moral truth: Israel is an apartheid state. The Palestinians deserve our solidarity. They’re the ones facing occupation and brutalisation every day. We can’t be silent about that.
Sunday was the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Jeremy Corbyn was attacked for tweeting solidarity, while Keir Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner spent the day at an event jointly organised by a group that tweeted in 2018 blaming Palestinians for their massacre by Israeli forces, where they threatened the suspension of ‘thousands and thousands’ of Labour members.
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