SIR KEIR Starmer is under massive pressure to boot out a hard-left Labour boss for alleged anti-Semitic posts online.
The party chief has vowed to purge his party of racists and told Jews “judge me by my actions – not my words”.
In a key test for his leadership, it emerged newly elected Labour NEC member Gemma Bolton branded Israel an “apartheid state”. The left-winger also called for a boycott of the country and dared party bosses to suspend her over the comments.
The Corbynista tweeted in August 2018: “If I run the risk of getting suspended for calling Israel an apartheid state then so be it. Suspend me.
“Because that comrades, is a hill I am perfectly happy to die on.”
In another post she called for a boycott of Israel with a string of clapping emojis. Campaigners say the messages breach Labour’s policy on anti-Semitism and demanded tough action.
Euan Philipps, Labour Against Antisemitism spokesman, said: “Gemma Bolton has been promoting what appear to be anti-Semitic views on Twitter, and we have reported the evidence to Labour Party HQ.
“Given a recent report concluded the Labour Party had broken the law in how it dealt with antisemitism, this is an extremely serious situation and cannot simply be brushed under the carpet.
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“If Keir Starmer wants to show voters that Labour is indeed under new management, he and General Secretary David Evans must act strongly and decisively – and demonstrate that there is zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in his party.”
It is understood Labour is investigating the complaint.
A party spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”
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