Top pro-'Israel' lawyer faked attack in plot to frame Palestine group

Top pro-Israel lawyer faked attack in plot to frame Palestine group

Lawyer Matthew Berlow faces £500 fine for his part in plot (Image: Daily Record)

Matthew Berlow played a key part in faking a graffiti attack at his home, then used the bogus incident to smear the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. His accomplice was a teacher who used a false identity to fake ‘antisemitic’ comments. Both men are connected to the Friends of Israel lobby group.

By Mark McGivern, reposted from the Scottish newspaper Daily Record

A top lawyer has been slammed by legal watchdogs for a bizarre plot to discredit a Palestinian pressure group.

Matthew Berlow played a key part in faking a graffiti attack at his home then used the bogus incident to smear the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

He now faces a £500 fine for his part in the conspiracy after an initial probe by the reporter of the Law Society of Scotland.

Berlow knew his associate Ed Sutherland, a teacher at Belmont Academy, Ayr, had created a fake Facebook identity under the name Stevie Harrison to infiltrate the SPSC in January last year.

Teacher Ed Sutherland created a fake profile on Facebook which contained ‘antisemitic’ posts and the graffiti claim. Sutherland, a leading figure in the Confederation of Friends of Israel, is head of religious and moral education at a Scottish school. (Image: Jamie Williamson) 

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