Shortlisted Labour candidate, Nasreen Khan, asked “What good have the jews done” and “The Jews have reaped the rewards of playing victims. Enough is enough!”
In 2012 using the name Naz Kahn she said on Facebook: “It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler.
“What have the Jews done good in this world??”
“The Jews have reaped the rewards of playing victims. Enough is enough!”
When questioned about the comment, she had added: “No, I’m not a Nazi, I’m an ordinary British Muslim that had an opinion and put it across. We have worse people than Hitler in this world now.”
Ms Khan said in a statement: “I have been honest, frank and held my hand up regarding comments I made on Facebook over five years ago.
“I was challenged immediately about my language and apologised straight away. I accept fully that it was inappropriate and unacceptable.
“I have travelled a long way since then and learned so much. I profoundly regret the comments I made in 2012 and any offence they caused.”
Councillor Simon Cooke, said: “The Labour Party really has got to get itself sorted out. These are just not the sort of views that are acceptable. The Labour Party shouldn’t have people like that as candidates.”
It may be the sort of headline that simply doesn’t shock or surprise anybody these days, but the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has attended an event in Parliament that was organised by a group that has been accused of ‘hosting Islamic hate preachers’ in the past.
It has also been reported that he gave a speech to the Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) event on Wednesday.
According to a report in The Telegraph:
Jeremy Corbyn attended an event in Parliament held by a Muslim group accused of hosting preachers with extremist views.
Mr Corbyn reportedly addressed the Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) event on Wednesday evening with a handful of Labour MPs also believed to have attended.
Mend was this week accused by a think tank of being “Islamists masquerading as civil libertarians”.
Mr Corbyn’s appearance at the event came after it was also reported that he has refused to attend an official dinner on Thursday evening with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 British statement that helped pave the way for the creation of Israel.
He has apparently asked Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, to attend in his absence.
The Sunday Times reported that four MPs had pulled out of attending the Mend event in the Commons, quoting Anna Soubry, the co-chairwoman of the all party parliamentary group on British muslims, as saying she had decided not to go because the organisation “don’t have the best of reputations”.
Meanwhile, Crispin Blunt, Sir Ed Davey and Joanna Cherry, who were all due to attend but pulled out, said in a statement: “It has become clear there is controversy over Mend’s record and claims of links between the organisation and extremist views.”
The Jewish Chronicle reported that Mr Corbyn told last night’s event: “Our future lies in mutual respect between all communities.”
It seems that Mr Corbyn really needs to think long and hard about the sort of events that he chooses to attend.