Labour MP apologises for posting false Israel attack video

Labour MP apologises after posting false Israel attack video

Labour MP Grahame Morris

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A Labour MP has been forced to apologise online after mistakenly posting a video on twitter attacking the Israel Defense Forces.

Grahame Morris, MP for Easington in County Durham, was criticised for sharing a video he mistakenly claimed was of Israeli soldiers beating up Palestinian children "for the fun of it".

The video, thought to have actually been shot in 2015, is said to show a Guatemalan soldier dressed in camouflage beating a young boy against a wall.

Mr Morris's now-deleted tweet read: "Marvellous, absolutely marvellous the Israeli Army, the best financed, best trained, best equipped army in the world caught on camera beating up Palestinian children for the fun of it.

"May God forgive them. What would Jim Royle say on an Easter Monday."

The IDF account itself told Mr Morris: "The only marvellous thing here is your lies.

"These are not IDF soldiers. Apologies would be in order."

The tweet prompted hundreds of responses and the MP, who has more than 29,000 twitter followers, apologised for the error around 24 hours after posting the footage.

He said: "I am sorry for sharing a post which purports to show the IDF hurting children but it was in fact the Guatemalan Army.

"My error demonstrates the dangers of fake news online and I will be more diligent in future in checking my sources."

Responding to the apology, the Jewish Leadership Council tweeted: "Grahame Morris's half-hearted apology is something we have seen far too often when people are exposed for their hatred of Israel.

"Rather than apologising unequivocally and promising to do better, he has chosen hostility and the spreading of fake news over sincerity and accuracy."

TV and radio comedy writer James Felton tweeted: "You're an MP and should know better.

"I'm sure you've been told this hundreds of times, but that's not where this footage is from.

"Israeli soldiers have done plenty of bad things, there's no need to use untrue things like this. Delete and correct.”

Mr Morris has been MP for Easington since 2010.

Words by Wesley Hudson

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