Edward Sutherland admitted to the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) yesterday that he set up a fake Facebook profile under the pseudonym Stevie Harrison.
The 52-year-old, who taught at Belmont Academy in Ayr, has been accused of posting vile messages, including writing: “F*** Israel”.
He admitted posting the messages online but denies breaching the teachers’ code of conduct.
The panel heard evidence from pro-Israel lawyer Matthew Berlow, who claims Sutherland set up a fake profile to lure antisemites into exposing their views.
Sammi Stein, a member of Glasgow Friends of Israel, also claimed the account was set up for that purpose.
He said: “Mr Sutherland, as well as a few others in our organisation, have false identities on social media.
“We do this to expose people who express antisemitic sentiments.”
Antisemitic messages from the Stevie Harrison account read: “Back after a 30 day ban, my first thought? F*** Israel.”
While sharing a link to a JustGiving page raising money for a Jewish solicitor, another read: “I’ve seen it all now.
“Zio(Zionist) p***k’s asking for donations.”
Sharing a post from a group member of the Glasgow Palestine Human Rights Campaign Facebook page, he allegedly wrote: “Tried to stitch up a good mate of mine. P***k.
“Free Palestine ya b******”.”
Sutherland was a convener of the Confederation of Friends of Israel at the time but stepped down pending
The hearing continues.
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