Labour NEC candidate attacked by Twitter antisemites


A former Jewish Society chair who has been backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee has been subject to antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Since announcing her NEC bid on Tuesday, Rhea Wolfson, said she was “shocked at the antisemitic abuse being tweeted at not only me but my family today- using literal Nazi propaganda.”

Ms Wolfson urged people to report the abuse, which she said came from two accounts, and was directed at her and her sister Emily.

Both sisters condemned the “racism and personal attacks”.

One account using the name “Rabbi Larry” sent tweets to Ms Wolfson comparing Jews to rats, along with images of showers and a Nazi flag with the caption “free public showers for Juden”.

The Twitter user also sent other antisemitic tropes and neo-Nazi abuse.

Labour MP Wes Streeting offered the new candidate his support on social media.

He tweeted: “So sorry to see this, Rhea. Keep strong. Will report anything I see. Take care.”

Ms Wolfson, a Scottish Labour activist, has the support of the pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum and will represent the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, for the place on the party’s governing body.

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