UK Labour Party suspends Muslim MP over anti Semitism

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UK Labour Party suspends Muslim MP over anti Semitism

LONDON: (APP) UK Labour Party suspends Muslim MP over anti Semitism.

 

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.