Israel put up a £1,000,000 bounty for Labour insiders to undermine Corbyn

Mendoza, Kerry-Anne
Date Written:  2017-01-09
Publisher:  The Canary
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22770

A second release from an Al Jazeera undercover sting operation has revealed the existence of a £1,000,000 plot designed by the Israeli government to undermine Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.



The Al Jazeera investigation took place over several months in 2016, with an undercover reporter becoming a trusted confidant of Israeli diplomat Shai Masot. The reporter filmed key conversations among Masot and British political allies over the summer, revealing a network of pro-Israel organisations committed to 'taking down' UK politicians who attempted to defend Palestinian rights.

The first revelation caught Masot and British civil servant Maria Strizzolo. Masot is a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in London, with diplomatic immunity. Strizzolo is the former parliamentary assistant to Robert Halfon, a junior education minister and former deputy chair of the Conservative Party. After Strizzolo brags about elevating Halfon from backbencher to government minister, and planting a pro-Israel question in parliament through him, Masot asks if she is as effective at taking anti-Israel politicians down as building pro-Israel politicians up.
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