Labour suspends Brighton council candidate Alexandrina Braithwaite over Israel conspiracy theories

Ms Braithwaite claimed the Rothschilds had been 'responsible for almost every war on Earth', were 'Satanist' and associated with 'the Illuminati'


Labour has suspended a candidate in upcoming council elections for posting a series of conspiracy theories relating to Israel and the Rothschilds.

It comes after three candidates standing in a single local election were suspended for sharing allegedly antisemitic material.

The Telegraph reports that Alexandrina Braithwaite, who is standing in Brighton and Hove, claimed the Rothschilds had been “responsible for almost every war on Earth”, and were “Satanist”, and associated with “the Illuminati”.

Ms Braithwaite, who had described herself as a “strong” supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, also circulated an article in 2016 which claimed German police officers had marched against a “Rothschild European Central Bank”.

She also shared a video which claimed that Israel was deporting “African migrants” to protect the "Israeli bloodline".

It referred to an Israeli government policy of forcible deportations of African asylum seekers, who were considered by the state to have entered the country illegally.

It was ultimately overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Ms Braithwaite has also been critical of the IHRA definition of antisemitism, which she suggested was the work of “Israel’s hand” – and shared an article which attacked Jewish MP Luciana Berger for speaking out on antisemitism.

The suspended Labour member issued an apology via the Telegraph, in which she claimed she was unaware of antisemitic conspiracy theories at the time of the posts, saying she is “committed to fighting antisemitism”.

A Labour spokesman said: "The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it in all its forms.

"All complaints about antisemitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken. We can’t comment on individual cases.

“Individuals who are suspended from the party can’t stand as party candidates. Due to electoral laws, those who are suspended after the deadline can’t be removed from the register, but they are not party candidates."

The Times reports that – as well as the three candidates in Torbay and Ms Braithwaite – Harry Virco, who was set to stand in Fylde Borough Council in Lancashire, has also been suspended.

The newspaper revealed that he tweeted: “Has Israel & the Jewish people learned nothing from their persecution under Hitler? Yes they have! They now know how to persecute other people & especially children.”

And this week the JC reported a Manchester City Council candidate, Jade Doswell, apologised for saying the Israeli flag made her feel “sick”.

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