Anti-Semitism Row Spreads North: North Thanet Labour Chairman Caught Out

***WARNING: This article contains shocking images and offensive terminology, some readers may find upsetting.***

Adding to the storm surrounding embattled South Thanet Candidate, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, over claims of anti-semitism; new troubling revelations have today emerged.  John Gibson, Chairman of bordering North Thanet Constituency Labour Party, now also faces allegations over seemingly anti-semitic material – this time from his own Twitter feed.

One tweet ‘liked’ by Gibson is below:

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The seemingly obviously anti-Semitic tweet from the fringe @MontyBest, pro-Corbyn account, was retweeted or liked by just one other account, John Gibson.  Shocking stuff…

Another post, this time both liked and retweeted by Gibson demanded that the Jewish Labour Movement and its then President explain actions of the Israeli Government.Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 10.56.41.png

Both the conflating of Jews and Israel and holding Jews accountable for the actions of Israel are well recognised anti-Semitic tropes.  The post – promoted by Gibson – was from Tony Greenstein, a former Labour activist expelled for anti-Semitism.

Perhaps of greatest concern, given the Labour Party’s current disciplinary policy, is Gibson’s retweeting of Tony Greenstein on March 27 of this year.Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 10.44.59.png

Greenstein was expelled in Mid-February, chiefly, for use of the offensive slur “zio”.  According to Party Lawyer, David Ogg, the term “zio” is “considered to be a racial slur, that is anti-semitic.¹  The Lawyer also said that a belief that the word is not anti-Semitic is no defence under the party rules.  If Gibson read the term “zio” and retweeted it, surely this is a disciplinary matter…

Gibson is a long-standing opponent of Israel and has endorsed posts calling zionism “a cancer” and repeatedly sought to distance his claimed “anti-zionism” from “anti-semitism”.

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Earlier this year, he signified his support for Marc Wadsworth, the Labour Activist expelled for anti-Semitism, propagating claims his expulsion was “bullying”.  He has repeatedly supported criticism of the Labour Chair of the APPG on anti-Semitism over his campaigning on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

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Gibson’s caustic eye has also been lent to the Labour Leadership.  Here’s what he thought prudent to endorse about, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry:

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Well, that’s one take.

He also seems to have some theories about Former International Development Secretary, Priti Patel.

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That’s what we at the Weekend Furlough refer to as ‘a robust line’…

There are some politicians who Mr Gibson does like:

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Who would have guessed.

On the guessing subject, wondering who Gibson backed in the Labour PPC race – guess no more…

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We sought, repeatedly to contact Mr Gibson regarding these serious allegations.  Rather than respond, he blocked us on Twitter.  Since that time, he has found a moment to publish 3 new allegations about Israel on Facebook – make of that what you will.

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NOTE:  Any and all allegations seemingly endorsed, propagated and/or made by Mr Gibson in this article are his and his alone.  In particular, the serious allegations contained in Tweets we have reported upon regarding Emily Thornberry and Priti Patel are wholly untrue and defamatory.  The Weekend Furlough’s reporting upon them should in no way be construed as an endorsement of any kind.  There is no evidence to support any of the aforementioned slurs.

  1. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pqDOysXUuYujuCoUBmGz3C1lVfe2iFkK/view

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