A union boss and Jeremy Corbyn ally has suggested Israel created Labour’s antisemitism row to distract attention from its “atrocities”.
PCS leader Mark Serwotka claimed the country has tried to “create a story that does not exist”, in remarks set to reignite the party’s antisemitism row.
Addressing a fringe event at the Trades Union Congress, he said: “I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I’ll tell you what – one of the best forms of actually trying to hide from the atrocities that you are committing is to go on the offensive and actually create a story that does not exist for people on this platform, the trade union movement or, I have to say, for the leader of the Labour Party.”
A spokesperson for the union said: “Mark spoke at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign fringe event at the TUC – an organisation PCS is affiliated to.
“He made the point at the start of the meeting that we need to oppose antisemitism in society and within the labour movement.
“But we should not allow the issue of antisemitism to be used by people who are attempting to silence Palestinian voices as they legitimately struggle for their rights and a sovereign state.”