June 24 UPDATE:
In response to communication from CAMERA, Forbes yesterday removed the erroneous references to "Palestine" and "Palestinian territories," deleted Rachael Cousins' tweet, and prominently published a correction. See below for a detailed update.
Citing the notorious Twitter Corbynista Rachel Cousins, who has has a history of peddling antisemitic conspiracies and in tweeting fake news about Israel, Forbes has removed the northern city of Haifa from Israel, reassigning it to "Palestine." Lisette Voytko's June 7 article, "British Protesters Throw Slave Trader Statue into River -- And Other Stunning Global Protest Moments," states:
Massive crowds assembled in cities throughout the world to march against racism and police brutality, including: London, England, Brisbane, Australia, Rome, Italy, Berlin, Germany, Tokyo, Japan, Palestinian territories, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, California, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
@Rachael_Swindon is a Twitter account with vast influence in pro-Corbyn Labour circles, named by Buzzfeed as “one of the most popular, prolific, and polarising figures on political Twitter”. She revealed her real name in a September 2018 article to be Rachael Cousins, a 42-year-old living in Swindon with her husband Jon. She tweets about 40 times a day to more than 71,000 followers. [CAMERA adds: Now she has over 81,000 followers.]Cousins joined the Labour Party in August 2016 to support Corbyn. The account was accused of antisemitism in November 2016 after tweeting conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds, a common antisemitic trope. The account eventually apologised for this in February 2019. @Rachael_Swindon has also used the £1m trope popularised by Al-Jazeera and Electronic Intifada. When the Jewish News tweeted about the fact Labour Friends of Israel did not have a stall at the 2018 Labour Party conference, she commented: “Don’t get much for a million quid these days.”The @Rachael_Swindon handle was created shortly after Cousins’ husband Jon’s account was banned. He had tweeted problematic material that played into themes of Jews, money and political influence, such as this image (right) showing a giant hand marked with an Israeli flag slotting a coin into the Houses of Parliament which is held in another hand that bears a Star of David. The @Rachael_Swindon account was banned from Twitter in March 2019 to outcry from supporters who began a hashtag in her name, #FreeTheSwindon1. However, she was soon reinstated and is back to tweeting as much as ever.
Morning, @ForbesIsrael: Relying on false tweet from activist w/history of peddling antisemitic conspiracies, @lisettevoytko @forbes wiped Haifa off Israel's map. Can u pls assure your colleagues that Haifa is in Israel, not Palestine, & urge correx? @RandallLane @CAMERAorg https://t.co/LLmagTIur2
— Tamar Sternthal (@TamarSternthal) June 23, 2020