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Labour MP denies he compared Israel to Nazis in tweet

    A Labour MP’s tweet which appeared to compare Israel to the Nazis was “poorly-worded”, the party has admitted.

    Grahame Morris posted a message on Sunday showing what appeared to be a group of protesters waving an Israeli flag.

    Alongside it he wrote: “Nazis in my village - do you see the flag they fly.”

    Mr Morris took over as chair of the party’s Friends of Palestine and the Middle East group last month.

    A Labour source said the image was thought to be from a far-right protest in the MP’s Easington constituency in County Durham.

    He said the term “Nazi” referred to the protesters, and was not intended as a reference comparing Israel to the Third Reich.

    Speaking on behalf of the MP, a Labour Party spokesman said: “This was a poorly-worded tweet. Grahame Morris has campaigned against discrimination throughout his life.”

    Members of the extreme right-wing English Defence League have in the past waved Israeli flags at demonstrations in an apparent attempt to rile Palestinian-supporting members of Muslim communities.

    The social media row came after Mr Morris had earlier posted a picture of a woman wearing a T-shirt stating “Keep Calm and Free Palestine”. The T-shirt appeared to carry a provocative map of Palestine predating the creation of Israel.

    Mr Morris had aimed the flag picture at Yosef Kutner, a Twitter user who described himself as Jewish and Zionist. The MP later told him: “[I have] been anti-Nazi, anti-fascist and on the side of justice all my life.”

    In response to two pro-Israel campaigners from Norway who had earlier criticised his “Keep Calm” tweet, the MP remarked: “Just tell your bosses you have done your work and reflect on my timeline - justice for Palestine.”

    Other messages on Mr Morris’s Twitter feed referred to “Zionist trolls” who had criticised him.

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