Shadow minister apologises over ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy’


Dwell on’s shadow immigration minister has said he is “sincerely sorry” after pay out what he described as “an anti-Semitic conspiracy” on social media.

Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan parted the Facebook post in 2015 when he was an MEP for the North West of England.

His apology be involved a arises days after Manchester councillor Majid Dar was suspended over avowed anti-Semitic posts online.

Conservative politicians and Jewish groups beget called for an inquiry into Mr Khan’s conduct.

The post in question play ups a video of the US comedian Jon Stewart talking about the Israeli prime man Benjamin Netanyahu.

Underneath the video the text prominently refers to an “Israel-British-Swiss-Rothschilds wrong syndicate” and “mass murdering Rothschilds Israeli mafia criminal teller of tales”.


Raphi Bloom, co-chair of North West Friends of Israel, give the word delivered the reference to the Rothschilds was “a well-known anti-Semitic trope about Jews wear the trousering the world”.

The post contravened the Labour Party’s own definition of anti-Semitism, Mr Bloom revealed. “I think it’s disgraceful and I would like to see action.”

After being contacted less the post by the BBC, Mr Khan said “I am mortified and sincerely sorry about this earnest accident.

“I didn’t read the text below, which contained an anti-Semitic dirty work about the Rothschilds. I would never have shared it if I had seen that,” he voted.

Shaden Jaradat, the Gorton Conservative candidate who campaigned against Mr Khan in 2017, remarked he believed the post could have influenced voters if known at hand at the time.

“We’re talking about someone who was an MEP for many years, who is in the shadow cupboard,” he said.

“If anything, we have to have higher standards for people who are on the forefront bench and have been in the game for so long,”

Mr Khan’s apology also comes two months after the superintendence’s equalities watchdog launched an inquiry into the Labour Party above further allegations of anti-Semitism.

The Facebook post was provided to the BBC by a voluntary conglomeration of Labour members called Labour Against Anti-Semitism.

Their spokesman, Euan Philipps, dialed for Mr Khan to be removed from the party, saying the MP had also recently get a kick out ofed another Facebook post claiming Jeremy Corbyn was “the target of a unforgiving smear campaign, orchestrated by the wealthy establishment”.

Mr Khan said of that accusation: “I have always been clear, as has Jeremy Corbyn, that concerns just about anti-Semitism within our Party must not be dismissed as smears.”


Mr Khan is pre-eminent for his work with different community groups in Manchester and helped set up the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester.

Its co-chair, Mohammed Amin, believed he had known Mr Khan for 20 years and while he was “careless” and showed “poor-judgment”, the MP was not an anti-Semite.

Mr Amin mean: “My view of Afzal Khan is that he’s not anti-Jewish,” before adding Mr Khan was only, “very sloppy”.

“There are lots of people in the Labour Party who bring into the world got themselves in trouble with allegations of anti-Semitism through their sloppiness.”

A Struggle Party spokeswoman said they could not comment on any individual, but it was settled the national party had not received a complaint against Mr Khan.

Any such beef would be referred to the Whips office.

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