Mishcon de Reya has fired an employee after it emerged he was pumping out tweets calling for the destruction of Israel.

The conflicts analyst had been working at Mishcon for just over a year, initially as a paralegal. He previously held paralegal positions at Clyde & Co and Blake Morgan, having studied law at Manchester Uni.

Sporadically over the last eight years, 'Sieg' has also been doing his bit to publicise the grip of Israel over our daily lives and to call for its abolition, using a twitter handle in his own name. RollOnFriday is not naming him to protect him from Mossad/prank deliveries of bagels.

The morning after England's defeat to Italy in Euro 2012, Sieg tweeted, "Why are you all so happy? You were all licking Englands arse all along you fucking Jew supporters". 

In 2013 he appears to have commented on Real Madrid's loss to Borussia Dortmund, tweeting, "The awkward moment when you score a Jew goal against the Germans, haha class".


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Come to think of it, he did always insist on playing as an axis power.


Given that it was founded by the son of a rabbi, Mishcon de Reya would appear to be an extremely poor fit for Sieg, who wrote in February 2019 that "Israel is no better than Nazi Germany". A few weeks later he posted that the "Nazi Israel state" had "absolutely NO right to exist". He also said the matter was the "only political issue that Jeremy Corbyn has even been right about".

The conflicts analyst claimed the following month that "there's no such thing as #Israel", and referred to Jews as "Zionist cockroaches" from whom Hamas protected the Palestinian people.


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In April this year Sieg warned astutely that criticisms such as his would "have you lambasted with accusations of 'antisemitism'". He was still blasting away last week, accusing "Zionists" of "controlling the lamestream media".

He deleted his account after another user tweeted a block of Sieg's messages to Mischon de Reya and asked the firm, "who do I speak to about this?" Mishcon fired Sieg on Wednesday after a week-long investigation.

Sieg did not respond to a request for comment.

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Comments

Anonymous 12 June 20 09:43

Horrible person. 

Glad that nearly all firms have a social media policy to get rid of bad apples.

Anon 12 June 20 09:58

I mean where do we draw the line? Should you be allowed to criticise Israel in your own time?

Anonymous 12 June 20 10:01

Good job MdeR.  We also have further confirmation (should it have been necessary) that anti-Semites are congenitally stupid.  MdeR is probably one of the three or four major firms with strong roots in the London Jewish community! 

Anonymous 12 June 20 10:02

You can be an anti-Semite in your own time. Just don't expect any decent employer to want to be associated with you.

Anonymous 12 June 20 10:15

It really just goes to show that there is no such thing as freedom of speech. You are only allowed to post the 'politically correct' opinions - otherwise you get fired. And we in the west have the temerity to criticise other regimes in relation to freedom of speech...

What a joke.

@ 10.15 12 June 20 10:47

@ 10.15am

Describing Jews as 'zionist cockroaches' isn't an opinion, it's antisemitism. 

You're a fu*king moron.

Anonymous 12 June 20 10:56

Classic. Why do these sorts of articles always trigger people who don't know what freedom of speech is? No one is stopping him from saying this stuff. Also, his protestation that 'being anti-Zionist doesn't (necessarily) mean you are antisemitic' would be a lot stronger if he were not also demonstrably antisemitic.

Anonymous 12 June 20 11:02

@10:47am 

reading comprehension fail. read it again - he is describing zionists as 'cockroaches'. zionists are not the same as jews. zionism is an ideological position which supports the existence of israel (a position not shared by all jews or only by jews)

Anonymous 12 June 20 11:10

No. I’m sorry @11.02. Referring to ‘fucking jew supporters’? Comparing Jews to nazis? And describing them as cockroaches? (splitting hairs by claiming he might have been referring to non Jewish zionists is ridiculous). I’m not Jewish but this is plainly anti Semitic. You’re trolling.  

Anonymous 12 June 20 11:11

@ Anonymous 12 June 20 10:15

It really just goes to show that there is no such thing as freedom of speech. You are only allowed to post the 'politically correct' opinions - otherwise you get fired. And we in the west have the temerity to criticise other regimes in relation to freedom of speech...

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.  It means freedom from government interference.  It does not mean that other people have to listen, approve of or even allow your speech.

Educate yourself.  Learn what it means.  And fyi, if you say something and everyone around you tells you to piss off it probably means you're being an asshole.  The government can't forbid that either but it doesn't meant that the rest of us have to entertain it.

@ 11.02 12 June 20 11:25

@ 11.02.

Don't split hairs. I think his views are clear...

Moreover, and if you really feel that way, be brave enough to share your name.

If you'd like a chat, look me up on LinkedIn: Sam Cohen (barrister).

Anonymous 12 June 20 11:40

@11:11

Interpreting freedom of speech as a negative right against government interference is a pretty narrow interpretation in my opinion (no doubt one which has been developed through the US constitution). I think that we can all agree that in terms of having open and honest debates it is pretty irrelevant whether (a) the speech is technically illegal or (b) legal speech but which would inevitably get you fired. Both equally discourage open and honest discourse.

I also think that you are being rather disingenuous. I am almost certain that individuals such as yourself would 'absolutely condemn' (as a violation of an individual's freedom of speech) if some 'right wing' company fired an employee for supporting BLM. Just be honest about your partiality here.

Btw, do you condemn German laws against endorsing Nazis as a violation of freedom of speech?

Anonymous 12 June 20 11:43

@ 11:25

It's very easy to disclose your name when your views are endorsed by the establishment, isn't it?

Anonymous 12 June 20 12:51

There’s criticising the state of Israel and then there’s this. Vinegar Drunkard if you think this is acceptable I’d love you to put your name on it. 

Anonymous 12 June 20 12:55

I also think that you are being rather disingenuous. I am almost certain that individuals such as yourself would 'absolutely condemn' (as a violation of an individual's freedom of speech) if some 'right wing' company fired an employee for supporting BLM. Just be honest about your partiality here.

Apples are not the same as oranges. 

Supporting BLM is not the same as what this guy tweeted.

Neither sophistry nor stupidity win prizes.

Happy to help.

@ Vinegar Dunkard 12 June 20 13:21

Did you take the time to read his other posts? If you had, I'm sure you'd agree that this representations go beyond a critique of the policies of Israel... 

Anonymous 12 June 20 14:36

He's possibly lucky not to be facing criminal charges over some of those tweets to be honest.  I'm a strong supporter of free speech, including the right to criticise any nation state (god knows the UK needs criticising more than most!) robustly.  But that's not what those tweets are is it?  They are racism and suggest he has serious issues

Update 12 June 20 14:36

Complaint submitted [to the SRA]. I will dance on the grave of his legal career. Mazel tov.

John Doe 12 June 20 14:54

Sad impartiality between home life and work life are non existent. The fact that pure naivety and stupidity results in job loss, slander and being held out to dry as an example is quite sad. Where's Verstehen? We all make mistakes no ones perfect, some larger than others. We all hold views that others don't agree with only difference we're smart enough to not share them on a public platform. Clearly there is a Israel vs Palestine debate to he had in regards to terrority in the right manner. However, his choice of words use were crude. Think it would be been more appropriate for the individual to have been disciplined harshly but put under covert observation moving forward as I am sure it is highly unlikely he had and would have displayed behaviour of this nature in the workplace, even amongst colleagues with Jewish backgrounds. What about workplace rehabilitation as an example rather than this?

SecularJurist 12 June 20 21:34

Anonymous 12 June 10:15. That's Sieg writing perhaps?

The only job he'll get is picking fruit. In a kibbutz, for atonement. Or a column in the Daily Heil.

Idea 12 June 20 23:57

While I love the idea of him being trapped on a kibbutz, I love the idea of him becoming a shabbos goy even more.

Anonymous 13 June 20 01:41

Think it would be been more appropriate for the individual to have been disciplined harshly but put under covert observation moving forward as I am sure it is highly unlikely he had and would have displayed behaviour of this nature in the workplace, even amongst colleagues with Jewish backgrounds.

You don't have a clue what's going on, do you.

This horror of a human being lost his job because he violated his firm's social media policy, a policy he will have signed up to in the terms and conditions of his employment contract. 

Keep your authoritarian fantasies for your covert fascist websites and your dominatrix.

Anonymous 13 June 20 09:13

I had to look up Shabbos Goy.  I had no idea what that meant.

I think Sammie Rhodes and Jenna Haze are really hot though.  I have shown my appreciation for both of them many times.  And I'd ride that Gal Gadot until she needed new tyres.

Does that make me Friend of Israel?  I should hope so.

Andy Cheung 13 June 20 13:00

More extremist diatribes in the law firm world akin to the Dentons partner in Saudi Arabia. What makes the career so attractive to them? MdeR cleared the investigation of a low level conflict analyst in one week. Why has Dentons not come out to clear the partner in Saudi Arabia since February?

Associate Sol 14 June 20 16:00

We have diversity issues at MdeR.  We never do proper inclusion training or when we do, we do it on the cheap, if we pay at all.  We just won't discuss how diversity and inclusion will benefit our firm.  It would be good to see proper D&I experts come in and help us and implement a corporate strategy across the firm.

Anonymous 14 June 20 23:42

@ Associate Sol 14 June 20 16:00

I'm not sure there's any diversity training inclusive enough for Sieg.

Anon 15 June 20 00:09

Criticism of the state of Israel (& its existence) is not in itself anti semitism.

Bite me.

Anonymous 15 June 20 09:02

Anon 15 June 20 00:09

Criticism of the state of Israel (& its existence) is not in itself anti semitism.

Bite me.

So that bit where he talks about "fucking jew supporters" who are "licking England's arse" or "scoring a jew goal against the Germans" or when he calls jew "zionist cockroaches", could you explain how that is legitimate criticism of the state of Israel and not anti-semitism?

I wouldn't want to bite you though.  You're an apologist for an anti-semitism.  I find that, and by extension you, disgusting.  And this is coming from a goy.

Siegfried, formerly of the parish 19 June 20 08:07

Ordinarily, a passionless and fairminded criticism of the Israel and Palestinian conflict should be possible without the person taking the Palestinian side of the debate being branded an antisemite. However, this chap has also given plenty of evidence of his hated of Jews and so his utterances on Israel and Zionism have to be read accordingly.

There is no real impairment of his right to detest Jews and Israel. It’s just that MdR’s right to fire him means he can now do so from the underside of whatever rock he crawled out from under. 

Anonymous 07 July 20 18:57

"RollOnFriday is not naming him to protect him from Mossad/prank deliveries of bagels."

Hilarious. Did the writer go to public school, by any chance?

If it's not careful, RoF is going to cause more offence than I think it wants to. Not every subject is suitable for the sniggery sheepdip.

 

 

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