Following an exchange about Middle East politics...

XTC singer Andy Partridge has been accused of anti-semitic tweets following an exchange about Middle East politics.

The songwriter runs the official XTC account, and often veers into areas such as religion and politics.

Discussing the Middle East, one follower accused the state of Israel of attempting to engineer a "one world banking and government system" which they would control.

A classic anti-semitic trope, Andy Partridge seemed to support this, leading to criticism from some onlookers.

The singer went on to clarify that he meant the "current regime of Israel".

The conversation then swung towards the topic of Syria and Assad's actions, leading to this tweet:

The conversation quickly became emotive, with Andy Partridge strongly denying being anti-semitic:

However he still came in for strong criticism from fans, with many believing that his explanations and apologies did not go far enough.

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