Lisa Forbes has come under fire from Jewish Labour groups after she liked a post that said Theresa May had a “Zionist Slave Masters agenda”. The post was discovered by freelance reporter Iggy Ostanin, who also claimed Mrs Forbes had also contributed to a thread that claimed Isis was created and funded by the CIA and Mossad. The journalist claimed Mrs Forbes said in the post: “I have enjoyed reading this thread so much.”
But on Saturday, Mrs Forbes apologised “wholeheartedly for not calling out these posts”.
She says she had “intended to like a video of schoolchildren playing in solidarity with the Christchurch attacks, not the views expressed in the accompanying text.”
A joint statement released by Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust said Forbes’ explanation had “stretched the limits of credibility”.
The statement said her actions “bring into question her suitability for public office”.
It read: “We are fed up of hearing that Labour opposes antisemitism while repeatedly hearing excuses its members accidentally missed the racism that as staring them in the face.
“Unless Labour disowns Lisa Forbes as candidate, it will only confirm the party’s shameful descent into the racist mess for which they are now being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”
Mrs Forbes said she would attend anti-Semitism training, regardless of whether she was elected.
She said: “Anti-Semitism is abhorrent and has no place in our society.
“Standing up against hatred towards one group of people must never be allowed to become hatred of another.
“Regardless of whether I am elected, I will deepen my understanding of anti-Semitism so I can act as an ally, challenging anti-Semitism wherever it occurs.”
Last week, the Labour party was forced to suspend Pete Willsman after a controversial recording revealed the Labour veteran believes allegations of anti-Semitism in his party have been manufactured by the Israeli Embassy.
The recording revealed Mr Willsman, a senior member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), saying the Israeli Embassy hasd”organised” 68 Rabbis to lie about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party
In the recording, Mr Willsman can be heard saying: “One of these things about anti-Semitism is that they’re using that to whip people up.
The shock revealtion came as it was announced that allegations against the party were being investigated by the EHRC