UK’s Labour Party Antisemitism Scandal Widens With 50 Suspensions
JNS.org – The scandal surrounding antisemitism in the United Kingdom’s Labour Party deepened with additional suspensions of party members for making antisemitic posts on social media, only some of which have been revealed publicly thus far.
According to the Telegraph, Labour has secretly suspended 50 of its members for antisemitic and racist comments over the past two months. Of these, only about 20 suspensions occurred within the last two weeks.
Among the most recent suspensions on Monday, Nottingham City Councilor Ilyas Aziz was found to have promoted the antisemitic blood libel by posting that Jews should “stop drinking Gaza blood,” while Blackburn with Darwen City Councilor Salim Mulla re-posted a message by previously suspended Labour lawmaker MP Naz Shah about the “relocation” of Israel to the U.S.
Mulla also alluded in August of 2015 on Facebook that Israel was to blame for the terror attacks in Paris in November, as well as the killing of Japanese prisoners captured by the Islamic State.
“So we have France voting to give Palestine statehood, and all of a sudden they get attacked by ISIS. Then we have Japan giving Palestine $100M dollars to reconstruct Gaza and suddenly ISIS takes two Japanese hostages,” he posted.
Among several posts, according to The Independent, Aziz also wrote that “Jews and Muslims lived together in the Middle East, in peace pre 1948. Perhaps it would have been wiser to create Israel in America it’s big enough. They could relocate even now.”
In addition, later on Monday Burnley Councilor Shah Hussain was also suspended for telling an Israeli soccer player on Twitter that Israel was treating Palestinians like Adolf Hitler treated the Jews.
The latest suspensions follow last week’s suspensions of Naz Shah for the revelation of how she suggested in a 2014 Facebook post that Israel should be relocated to the U.S. as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as Labour member and former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who told BBC Radio that Hitler initially “was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing 6 million Jews.”
Since the suspensions of Shah and Livingstone, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched an independent review of antisemitism and racism within his party. But Corbyn himself has come under fire in the past for calling the Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups “friends,” and for his connections to a Holocaust denier.
The antisemitism scandal comes just days before an election for the mayor of London on Thursday. The winner will replace outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson.