Tag Archives: Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Kahn’s visit to Yom Hashoah event sparks anti-Semitic vitriol and Holocaust denial – Perhaps Labour may start to understand now

The decision by the newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan, to attend a Yom Hashoah commemoration event as his first public engagement was met with anger by some Twitter users, who responded with virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments as well as Holocaust denial.

After the event, Khan tweeted, “So important to reflect, remember and educate about the 6 million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust.”

2016_05_10_08.31.32

As of Monday evening, the post had been widely ‘liked’ and shared. However, there were other responses which were not so kind and included blatant Holocaust denial, including a comment that “much of the so-called ‘holocaust’ has been faked, including the post-1945 Auschwitz construction,” suggesting that much of the Auschwitz site was built after World War II.

Others responded with the usual anti-Semitic conflation between supporting Israel and the “Jewish lobby”.

2016_05_10_08.09.24

While another Twitter user was more blatant in their hatred, despicably suggesting on Yom Hashoah, “Like who cares about Jewish suffering!”.

2016_05_10_08.31.16

Another commentator wrote, “Have you plucked that figure of 6 [million] out of thin air? What was the total population of Jews in 1940? Don’t distort history. Max 1 [million].”

2016_05_10_08.11.39

Khan received a warm welcome from London’s Jewish community at the end of Sunday’s Yom Hashoah ceremony, which brought together thousands from London’s Jewish community, including more than 150 Holocaust survivors and a combined choir from five Jewish elementary schools.

Now it has happened to one of their own, perhaps Labour will now start to properly comprehend the reality of anti-Semitism in society and, therefore, take the necessary action to address it within their own party?

Let us know what you think by commenting below or emailing us via secretary@antisemitismwatch.com

 

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.

 

islamophobia_not_only_across_the_uk_but_across_europe_h14218_78115

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.’

Read more here.