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Kier Starmer hires former Israeli spy

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GagaJo Tue 19-Jan-21 19:56:44

The UK Labour Party has hired a former Israeli spy to help manage its social media, The Electronic Intifada can reveal.

Assaf Kaplan will work in the office of Labour leader Keir Starmer, a source with knowledge of the hire said.

Kaplan was in Israeli military intelligence for nearly five years, an officer in Unit 8200, its cyberwarfare branch.

Unit 8200 specializes in spying, hacking and encryption. It carries out blackmail, mass surveillance and systematic discrimination against Palestinians.

In 2014, a group of whistleblowers detailed how the unit spies on Palestinian civilians living under Israeli military occupation.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Kaplan was in the Israeli army’s military intelligence division from May 2009 to November 2013.

Ramblingrose22 Wed 20-Jan-21 15:17:10

Looks like Gagajo is one of the few people who has found this interesting then (yawn).
People normally appoint whoever they think has the best credentials and skills for the job. Get over it.

Grany Wed 20-Jan-21 16:13:50

I think this is interesting too. Why choose an Israeli with a past as a spy blackmailer of Palestinian people. Starmer is controversial decisions he's made as leader have people wondering, what does he stands for requires answers.

GagaJo Wed 20-Jan-21 16:17:51

I think he is just positioning himself as far away from Corbyn as possible. Unfortunately, he is SO far away that he has gone in the opposite direction. Fortunately, there is plenty of time left to make decisions about who to support in the next election. I would hate to think I couldn't support Labour. Time will tell.

David0205 Wed 20-Jan-21 16:30:26

Starmer wants to be elected so of course he is distancing from Corbyn.
The newly recruited Israeli “Spy” would have been monitoring Palestinian communications, just like our own GCHQ do to us, if the have cause, and what the US does to who ever they choose.

petra Wed 20-Jan-21 16:32:38

I found it interesting as I've just been reading about Obamas track record in office. Interestingly he gave $38 billion to the Israeli military as a parting gift when he left office ?

trisher Wed 20-Jan-21 16:46:26

Well some may not find it interesting but I think there will be people who will regard this as the last straw and leave the LP. One thing anyone working in such a role should have is completely impartial stance on matters. It's obvious that he won't have this. Quite what Starmer is up to I don't know, but I note many on this thread have confused the fact that he is an Israeli citizen with the fact that he may or may not be a practising Jew. The one should never be assumed of the other.

GagaJo Wed 20-Jan-21 17:15:53

Exactly trisher. I had an Israeli student last year. Non practising.

petra Wed 20-Jan-21 17:21:23

I think every Jew I know is non practising.

GagaJo Wed 20-Jan-21 20:57:20

I know of a few practising. But my UK house is near a very big Jewish area in the north of England.

Stormystar Wed 20-Jan-21 22:56:47

We have in Britain more surveillance cameras per person than any country in the world outside of China. Perhaps the intention is to put us in the no 1 position

Grany Thu 21-Jan-21 08:52:47

The journalist who broke the story about the Labour Party hiring Israeli former-spy Assaf Kaplan has spoken exclusively to The Canary

Iam64 Thu 21-Jan-21 09:19:16

Are we to believe that the ‘spies’ who work at GCHQ are all politically identical? Starmer is under attack by the momentum supporters no matter what he does. Presumably, this man was appointed after going through the usual employment procedures. Best person for the job is usually the result

Grany Thu 21-Jan-21 09:25:14

More Questions

Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links

Ramblingrose22 Thu 21-Jan-21 09:58:14

This thread is just another pretext for criticising the Labour leader on the basis of an unproven story from the usual left-wing electronic media.

If these news media claimed that the Labour leader has robbed a bank some people on here would believe it.

This perpetual slagging off of and sniping against the Labour leader is probably down to Corbyn hero-worship. IMO it's an obsession.

trisher Thu 21-Jan-21 10:24:55

Ramblingrose22 are you suggesting that Starmer should be above criticism?
If the story is untrue he has only to give out a press statement saying so.
This perpetual slagging off of and sniping against the Labour leader is probably down to Corbyn hero-worship. IMO it's an obsession
This made me burst out laughing! If only someone had been prepared to say something similar when the press and media were destroying Corbyn.
It's not worshipping anyone to expect a LP leader to behave in an ethical, democratic, principled way, something Starmer seems incapable of doing.

Anniebach Thu 21-Jan-21 10:28:31

Agree Ramblingrose

Ramblingrose22 Thu 21-Jan-21 10:39:00

Trisher - are you suggesting that Corbyn is above criticism?

trisher Thu 21-Jan-21 10:56:46

No I'm saying it is a great joke that the continual and constant slagging off of the last leader of the LP was accepted and even applauded on GN whereas the occasional questioning of this LP leader's actions is criticised and even blamed on the last leader. It's not just hilarious it's farcical.
Anyone can be criticised even Starmer.

Ramblingrose22 Thu 21-Jan-21 11:09:25

So anyone can criticised, even Corbyn.

Glad we got that clear.

Personally I find Johnson and his so- called Government who don't know how to govern far more farcical and at the same time far more worrying.

trisher Thu 21-Jan-21 11:34:35

Well this thread isn't about Johnson it's about the worst opposition leader in history who has constantly failed to support human rights in parliament and has now appointed to supervise social media someone who has worked for a unit notorious for its involvement in suppressing the rights of Palestinian people

Anniebach Thu 21-Jan-21 11:39:47

Allegedly appointed

Ramblingrose22 Thu 21-Jan-21 13:41:44

"The worst opposition leader in history" - now it's my turn to laugh. That is so funny!

I do love a bit of hyperbole from time to time.

It was obvious to many that Corbyn was clueless. We didn't need the wicked media to tell us about it.

Iam64 Thu 21-Jan-21 13:45:59

‘The worst opposition leader in history’ - ludicrous.

MaizieD Thu 21-Jan-21 13:48:11


Allegedly appointed

Keep on saying that, Annieb


I follow a number of Corbynites on twitter. I think they'd have been making some noise about it if it were true 'cos they're very fast off the Starmer-hate draw. Not a peep have I seen...

PECS Thu 21-Jan-21 13:52:02

I think that the appointment is making a political point. Whilst I have no doubt the chap will have extensive experience in his field, the appointment of an Israeli citizen following the accusations of in house anti Semitism, is a clear statement. Sad that this guy previotsly worked for one of the most conservative & nationalistic westen governments. That does not bode well.