Sky rephrases Labour Friends of Israel officer’s words in tweet – and locks comments after outcry against racism – and Kyle calls Scotland ‘Ireland’ twice for good measure
Right-wing Labour MP Peter Kyle and Sky News have stirred outrage after Kyle – an officer of ‘Labour Friends of Israel’ whose local members were banned from debating a motion on Palestinian rights – referred to SNP leader Humza Yousaf as ‘Mohammed’ during an on-screen interview – and then the broadcaster changed his words in its tweet of the interview:
Kyle also twice referred to Scotland as Ireland.
The broadcaster quickly locked comments on its tweet, but angry viewers used ‘quote tweets’, which Sky News can’t restrict, to express their opinion on the ‘racist’ comment as well as what it says about Labour’s attitude toward Scotland:
Keir Starmer’s abuse of Scottish Labour was confirmed recently when he boasted of removing elected Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, to appeal to wealthy donors. Kyle’s description of Scotland as ‘Northern Ireland’ is also not the first demonstration of Labour’s contempt toward other UK nations – Starmer published a leaflet calling Wales Scotland during local elections.
Starmer’s party has been widely condemned for the deep-rooted Islamophobia and other forms of racism among the Labour right, including by the Labour Muslim Network, Black MPs and activists and Gypsy-Roma Traveller campaigners – and by the Forde Report that Starmer himself reluctantly commissioned. An Al Jazeera documentary exposing the Labour right’s racism won the Gold award for documentaries at this week’s New York Festivals Film and Television awards.
Labour Friends of Israel was condemned in 2018 for LFI deletes offensive Gaza tweet. No apology or explanation – SKWAWKBOX during the annual ‘Nakba’ commemoration of their forcible expulsion in 1948.
Peter Kyle has been contacted for comment.
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