Maxine Peake: Calls for BBC to boycott actress over anti-Semitic conspiracy after Rebecca Long-Bailey sacking
FUMING viewers have called on the BBC to boycott Maxine Peake after she shared an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory over George Floyd's death.
The actress has come under fire after she claimed the tactic used by US police to kill Floyd was "taught by the Israeli army".
Fury surrounding the comments even led to Rebecca Long-Bailey being sacked from the Labour front bench after she shared Peake's article.
Now there are growing calls for the BBC to drop the Three Girls star in the wake of the storm.
One viewer wrote: "Yes. Who’s going to sack Maxine Peake?"
Another said: "BBC news Maxine Peake sack her she's racist wlm".
One wrote: "Woohoo. Perhaps the BBC should also consider not contracting Maxine Peake."
While one viewer said:"So…agreeing with these racist, anti-semitic comments is a sackable offence at @UKLabour But I'm damn sure that the perpetrator, @MPeakeOfficial (Actress Maxine Peake), will still be welcome at the @BBC…..strange that."
Peake said in the article: "The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.”
The article, published in The Independent added: "A spokesperson for the Israeli police has denied this, stating that 'there is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway'."
She has since admitted she was wrong and denied being antisemitic, which she said she finds "abhorrent."
The actress – a former member of the Communist Party – said: "I feel it’s important for me to clarify that, when talking to The Independent, I was inaccurate in my assumption of American Police training & its sources.
"I find racism & antisemitism abhorrent & I in no way wished, nor intended, to add fodder to any views of the contrary."
Shadow education secretary Long-Bailey was sensationally sacked from Labour yesterday by leader Sir Keir Starmer.
She had shared the article claiming the tactic of kneeling on someone's neck – which killed George Floyd – was taught by Israeli secret services.
Long-Bailey – who came in second place to Sir Keir in a failed bid for the Labour leadership earlier this year – said Peake "is an absolute diamond".
The sacked front-bench MP for Salford and Eccles was forced to clarify her comments, saying: "I retweeted Maxine Peake’s article because of her significant achievements and because the thrust of her argument is to stay in the Labour Party.
"It wasn’t intended to be an endorsement of all aspects of the article."
The head of Britain's biggest Jewish community group has now waded in and said Peake did make an anti-Semitic remark.
President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Marie van der Zyl said: "Rebecca Long Bailey retweeted an interview and in that interview she called Peake a diamond. We challenged Long Bailey on the retweet and she issued a clarification.
"We wrote to her at 12.19 and made it clear that we were concerned that she was repeating the conspiracy that Israel was somehow responsible for the murder of George Floyd.
"This was anti-Semitic because somebody has dreamed up a theory that links Israel to the horrific cold-blooded vile murder of an innocent man.
"The Israelis had nothing to do with it and there is a group desperate to blame them and Jews for every wrong in the world.
"I don't think anybody comes out of this happily – and Rebecca Long Bailey's response was pathetic and as someone who wanted to be an Education Secretary she would be expected to read and understand things. Peake should also have been fully aware of what she was saying."
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