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Was Labour’s anti-Semitism row fuelled by pro-Israeli social media ‘guerrilla warriors’?

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The Labour Party has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism following Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the 2015 leadership contest. Mired in scandals, the row over anti-Semitism has since threatened to tear the Labour Party apart. However, details of what appears to be an organised campaign to fuel the anti-Semitism crises within the Labour Party has now been uncovered; raising concerns over whether the party is being targeted by a network of social media trolls with the intent of harming the country’s democratic process.

An investigation by the Electronic Intifada discovered fake online accounts being used to fuel the anti-Semitism crises within the Labour party when the row was at its peak. A report by the online publication documented ten fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters posting virulent anti-Semitism. The accounts are said to share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them, in what appears to be an organised campaign to discredit Corbyn and smear Labour as an anti-Semitic party.

The network of Twitter accounts uncovered shows that they have been using a series of fake names and profile photos. All ten accounts are found to have engaged in a pattern of deception, presenting themselves as Labour activists while engaging in anti-Semitism. Most are found to have posted violent incitement and death threats, often against Jews.

Six of the ten profiles are ostensibly Muslim, which the report found posted some of the most disturbing anti-Semitism, including direct calls for violence against Jews. In one instance the fake twitter account responded to the targeting of Corbyn and McDonnell’s official Twitter accounts, by threating a “Jihad” against “Jews,” alongside a bloody graphic of a knife.

It was discovered that the fake accounts had stolen profile pictures from dating sites. One of the fake accounts who called himself “Dean Brown”........

© Middle East Monitor