UK Labour suspends MP over 'anti-semitic' Facebook posts

27th April 2016, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Labour Party on Wednesday suspended one of its own parliamentarians pending an investigation into allegations she shared anti-semitic posts on social media.

Bradford West MP Naz Shah told the House of Commons she "profoundly" regretted the posts made in 2014, before she became an MP.

Shah shared a graphic of Israel superimposed onto the United States under the words "Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict -- Relocate Israel into United States", adding the comment: "Problem solved."

She also used the hashtag #IsraelApartheid above a quote saying "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal".

Shah and party leader Jeremy Corbyn had "mutually agreed that she is administratively suspended from the Labour Party," a party spokesman said.

"Pending investigation, she is unable to take part in any party activity."

Corbyn called the comments "offensive and unacceptable", but initially declined to suspend Shah, a decision described as "quite extraordinary" by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Shah quit as a parliamentary assistant to shadow chancellor John McDonnell on Tuesday before making the apology to parliament on Wednesday.

"I accept and understand that the words I used caused upset and hurt to the Jewish community and I deeply regret that," she said.

"Anti-Semitism is racism, full stop."

Corbyn has been urged to distance himself from far-left activists accused of anti-semitism.

© 2016 AFP

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