Top Unite aide in Intifada row

A key ally of Len McCluskey was pictured in a t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘Victory to the Intifada,’ it has emerged.

A key ally of Len McCluskey was pictured in a t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘Victory to the Intifada,’ it has emerged.

Shelly Asquith, who works as Political Advisor for Unite the union, was shown wearing the t-shirt in a picture tweeted by a friend yesterday.

The term ‘intifada’ refers to violent Palestinian uprisings against Israel, first in the 1980s and then another, far bloodier conflict following the collapse of the peace process in the 2000s, with terror attacks taking place on a daily basis at points. More recently, some commentators described the wave of knife violence against Israelis starting in 2015 as a “stabbing intifada”. Thousands have lost their lives in the intifadas both in attacks on Israelis and in the heavy Israeli military response that has followed.

The t-shirt also featured an image of a figure, wearing a keffiyeh to cover their head and mouth, firing a slingshot. Asquith has come under fire on Twitter, with one user asking her whether “it is acceptable to wear an #AntiSemitic t-shirt in public that calls for the murder of Jews?”

Asquith also writes a column for Labourlist and previously worked on Jeremy Corbyn’s first leadership campaign.

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