More anti-Semitic misery for Labour – Councillor suspended

In yet more of the anti-Semitic misery amid the storm that has engulfed the Labour Party, a councillor has now been suspended for shockingly offensive anti-Semitic tweets.

 

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Aysegul Gurbuz, a 20-year-old student, became Luton’s youngest councillor when she was elected to the High Town ward last year.

She is alleged to have called Adolf Hitler the ‘greatest man in history’ and said she hoped Iran would use a nuclear weapon to ‘wipe Israel off the map’.

One tweet, written in January 2013, said: ‘The Jews are so powerful in the US it’s disgusting.’

Another post, in October 2012, said: ‘Ed Miliband is Jewish. He will never become prime minister of Britain.’

Miss Gurbuz denied she had written the tweets and claimed her sister may have posted them.

A Labour spokesman said: ‘Councillor Gurbuz has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.’

Labour’s London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said anti-Semitism was a ‘badge of shame’ in a speech on Wednesday and urged his party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to act.

Miss Gurbuz is in her final year at Warwick University, where she is also events organiser for the student union’s Friends of Palestine society.

Trevor Holden, chief executive of Luton Borough Council, said: ‘This will be referred as a matter of urgency to the council’s independent standards committee to allow a full investigation to take place.’

‘The council expects the highest standards of councillors and will not accept any behaviour which could undermine community cohesion.’

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