The Labour party has been accused of failing to support anti-semitism by two Jewish peers. This comes after Bradford MP Naz Shah was suspended for offensive remarks on Facebook.
It was revealed that a few years back during the 2014 Gaza conflict, Shah has posted a series of anti-semisitc and anti-isreali comments on her personal Facebook page. These findings come as a shock to the public, who have considered Shah to be one of the biggest rising Labour members in recent years.
Lord Michael Levy, former fundraiser for Tony Blair and a cross-bench rabbi, commented how Shah left him “scratching his head with despair as to how people like this can enter our parliament with such a lack of knowledge, discretion and sensitivity.”
Another MP, former chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, John Woodcock also waded in on the debate, stating:
“This is abhorrent to our values as a party. It ought to transcend views on the leadership and wider party direction, but unless and until it is gripped by everyone from Jeremy downwards, it is going to fester and undermine everything we do.”
Shah was quick to issue an apology on Tuesday for her remarks, ensuring that over time, these were no longer her views. She also resigned from her PPS position, in which she now hopes to ‘expand her existing engagement and dialogue with Jewish community organisations.”
Prior to her resignation, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of how he thought it extraordinary that she had continued to hold the Labour whip, accusing Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle the issue of anti-semitism properly.
Whilst Shah has since apologised for her remarks, it appears the damage has already been done, and the Labour party will have to work hard to regain the trust and support in the anti-semitic community.
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