Monday, April 19News For London

MP suffers renewed anti-Semitic attacks

MP Luciana Berger found herself subject to a torrent of anti-Jewish abuse from anonymous twitter trolls on Sunday morning.

Image by Policy Exchange, creative commons
Luciana Berger is also the Shadow Mental Health Minister. Image by Policy Exchange, creative commons

Berger, the 34-year-old Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, was sent vile slogans, threats and images on twitter, which she re-published on Sunday morning.

This is not the first time the Shadow Mental Health Minister has been a target of anti-Semitic abuse.

In 2014, a 21-year-old man from Liverpool was jailed for four weeks for sending abusive tweets from an anonymous twitter account.

“At the height of the abuse, the police said I was the subject of 2,500 hate messages in the space of three days,” Berfer told the Telegraph at the time.

Many of the messages were sent using anonymous twitter accounts, as well as using hashtags such as #filthyjewbitch and #expellucianaberger.

twitter messages sent to Luciana Berger's twitter account
Twitter messages sent to Luciana Berger’s twitter account

However, despite prosecutions and public outcry, anti-Semitics feel they are able to abuse young Jewish women using Twitter’s anonymity as protection.

A spokesman for Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that campaigns for the protection of Jewish communities against verbal and physical abuse, told Westminster World: “Antisemitic incidents levels in London have been consistently high since the Year 2000, with 2015 being the second worst on record nationally across the UK. We ask people to report antisemitic abuse to either Police or CST, but in an emergency it is important to always dial 999”.”

Berger responded to the abuse on twitter by publicising a trip to an International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) conference in Berlin.

Sub-editor: Alexandra Vryzakis