Wednesday, February 11, 2009

UK Diplomat Arrested for "anti-Semitic" Tirade While Watching Gaza Massacre

A senior diplomat in the British Foreign Office has been arrested for inciting religious hatred after he launched into an anti-Semitic tirade at a London gym, the Daily Mail reported on Monday.

Witnesses told the British newspaper they heard diplomat Rowan Laxton shouting "f**king Israelis, f**king Jews" while watching a TV report of Israel Defense Forces operations in Gaza from the seat of an exercise bike.

He also reportedly shouted that IDF soldiers should be "wiped off the face of the Earth."

The Daily Mail said Laxton continued the tirade even after he was approached by other gym users.

A complaint was later filed to police and Laxton was arrested and charged with inciting religious hatred, which carries a maximum seven-year prison term. He has since been released on bail.

The British newspaper quotes Mark Gardner, deputy director of the Community Security Trust, a group that monitors anti-Semitism, as saying: "This alleged case is particularly shocking, given the position held by the civil servant in question."

The Daily Mail said that in response to a query on Monday, Laxton denied that his comments were anti-Semitic, but dodged answering whether they were anti-Israel.

Source article is here.

P.S. Sorry, Mr. Laxton. You don't decide whether your comments were "anti-Semitic." The Jewish thought police decide that.


Anonymous said...

But it's OK for Zionists and their apologists to call for the wiping out of Iran, Palestine and others? That's OK?

7 years? My country has become intolerable.

RickB said...

Shahid Ahmad, I assure you that no, I don't think it's OK.