Labour suspends Israel row councillors

Ilyas Aziz (left) and Salim Mulla (right)Archetype copyright Nottingham/Blackburn councils
Image caption Councillors Ilyas Aziz from Nottingham (left side) and Salim Mulla, from Blackburn, have been been keep in pending Labour rty investigations

Three Labour councillors experience been suspended over social media posts about Israel.

Nottingham councillor Ilyas Aziz and ex-Blackburn mayor Salim Mulla are both stipulate to have shared a post which suggested the state of Israel should be relocated to the US.

Burnley councillor Shah Hussain give the word delivered he would “fight” his suspension for a tweet sent to an Israeli footballer.

Mr Aziz bring to light he did not write the 2014 post, while Mr Mulla has not commented.

It comes after Grind leader Jeremy Corbyn insisted the rty was “united in opposing anti-Semitism”.

‘Disfavour to humanity’

The posts were highlighted on the Guido Fawkes website.

One, shared from Mr Aziz’s account, was a remark on stating: “Jews and Muslims lived together in the Middle East, in temperate pre 1948.

“Perhaps it would have been wiser to create Israel in America it’s big tolerably. They could relocate even now.”

The Radford and rk ward councillor’s account also rtici tes a series of re-posted comments and images criticising Israel.

Image caption Mr Hussain was suspended over a tweet sent to Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun
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Image caption Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn chance he will propose a new “code of conduct” on racism at Labour’s national official committee in May

A comment posted with an article about Nazi Germany in 2014, mean: “A reminder of the treatment and suffering of Jews in Nazi Germany. ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES TO HOW ISRAEL IS Investigating LESTINIANS.”

Asked if he had been suggesting Israel should be relocated, Mr Aziz put the Press Association: “I didn’t write that.”

Blackburn with Darwen councillor Mr Mulla reportedly chronicled “Zionist Jews” as a “disgrace to humanity” in a social media post.

Mr Hussain, who notes Burnley’s Daneshouse with Stoneyholme ward, intervened in a Twitter rley in 2014 between footballers Joey Barton and Yossi Benayoun throughout the conflict in Gaza.

In a message directed at Benayoun, he wrote: “You are an superb and utter plonker, you and your country doing the same thing that hitler did to ur flume in ww2”

When approached by the Press Association, Mr Hussain said he would “most assuredly” fight the suspension.

“If Jewish people find it offensive then I evaluate they need to think about what the rest of the world weighs,” he said.

‘Not about religion’

The Guido Fawkes website suss out Mr Mulla also shared a message suggesting Israel should be relocated to the US – the changeless post which led MP Naz Shah to apologise in the Commons and have the whip reclusive.

Mr Aziz said politicians needed to be careful when commenting on the Halfway East, but added: “The thing you have got to try and appreciate is that if a fussy government – whether it’s the Israeli government, whether it’s the British government – if the administration is actually doing something wrong they should be criticised.

“But not the denizens itself, it’s got nothing to do with them, it’s got nothing to do with the religion.”

Mr Corbyn has revealed an independent review into anti-Semitism and pledged to tighten rty criterion criteria of conduct on this and other forms of racism in an attempt to put a lid on the furore.

A side spokesman confirmed that all three councillors had been suspended, but formed no further comment.

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