Labor MP Grahame Morris is director of controversial website which “violated anti-Semitic guidelines”
A Labor MP is the director of a controversial website that has been accused of publishing anti-Semitic attacks and conspiracy theories, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Grahame Morris, Member of Parliament for Easington’s “Red Wall” constituency in County Durham, is a director of Palestine Deep Dive (PDD) who has been accused of providing a platform for anti-Semitism.
The revelation comes days after Keir Starmer said Labor was “deeply patriotic” and sought to distance itself from his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, whose tenure as leader was chased by a row of anti-Semitism.
Grahame Morris, Member of Parliament for Easington’s “Red Wall” constituency in County Durham, is a director of Palestine Deep Dive (PDD) who has been accused of providing a platform for anti-Semitism
Mr Morris confirmed last night that he was administrator of Palestine Deep Dive and admitted that he had not declared his leadership to parliamentary authorities. Research by Labor Against Antisemitism (LAAS) revealed that the left-wing MP is one of the founding directors of the PDD.
The news site contains content that appears to have violated guidelines on anti-Semitism set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and adopted by the government in 2016.
Last May, PDD published a blog post by former South African politician Ronnie Kasrils claiming that “Israel’s racism” “sparked the pogroms that are so reminiscent of the Tsarist era and the Crystal Night in Germany, 1938 ”.
In November, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, a staunch supporter and contributor to the DDP, accused all Israelis voting in the elections of supporting “genocide” against the Palestinians. PDD was forced to apologize last month for a separate interview in which Mr Waters attacked BBC Panorama for helping to run a ‘smear campaign’ against Labor with its 2019 investigation into anti-Semitism within party.
Launched in 2019, PDD describes itself as an “education company” publishing media reports on Israel and Palestine. It was registered as a corporation last July, with Corbynista M. Morris listed as one of its directors.
LAAS spokesperson Alex Hearn said: “It is difficult to see how Mr Morris can justify his involvement in this website, and we expect the parliamentary whip to be removed while his expulsion is processed. .
“We continue to believe that Keir Starmer’s statement in September that Labor had closed the door on anti-Semitism was premature. The Labor leader must bring this extreme but noisy minority under control if he is to demonstrate to the electorate that his party is finally fit for government.
Mr Morris said that while he was a director of the PDD board he had “no involvement in editorial decisions”. He also apologized for not registering his mandate as a trustee in the Commons. A spokesperson for the PDD said the site “has not knowingly posted any content that could be considered anti-Semitic, nor has it been challenged as such.” If that were to be the case, it would be deleted.