Lecturer who said Labour leader received ‘Zionist’ money suspended

Bristol University lecturer David Miller has been suspended by Labour Party, after alleging that party leader Keir Starmer was “in receipt of money from the Zionist movement.”

Sociologist Mr Miller has been a repeated critic of Israel and has given frequent speeches on alleged propaganda operations by the state and what he claims are its corporate lobbies.

But he has confirmed to the Electronic Intifada website that he was suspended by Labour on in what he claimed was ”the targeted harassment of socialist members”.

He added the suspensions were designed to target members who understand the “racism of Zionism”, which he said was “obviously incompatible with membership of the Labour Party”.

Labour sources confirmed Mr Miller’s suspension from the party but told the JC this was not related to antisemitism allegations.

Last month the Jewish Chronicle reported on the Miller’s appearance in an online broadcast hosted by former Labour MP Chris Williamson, entitled ‘Debate on the contents of and fallout from the #LabourLeaks document’.

During the broadcast the lecturer claimed Sir Keir is “obviously not going to” conduct “a proper investigation” into the leaked Labour antisemitism report because he has been “in receipt of money from the Zionist movement.”

Miller also suggested that an “alliance” between MI5 and the Zionists may have helped in the propaganda war against the former Labour leader. He added: “This vile slur includes the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, CST and others, including groups that focus on Israel, such as BICOM, UJIA, ZF and JNF.”

The CST supplied Bristol University with a copy of a slide it said had been used in the lecture that listed the “Zionist movement (parts of)” as one of the “five pillars” of Islamophobia.

The Jewish security group called Bristol University “an utter disgrace” over its response to the complaint and the failure to take action.

In 2018 Prof Miller suggested that most claims of antisemitism in the Labour Party were false.

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