Britain’s Labour Party suspended a city councilman on May 2 after a British political watchdog group brought to light Facebook posts in which he said that Israel should have been created in the United States and it was not too late to move Israeli Jews there.
Ilyas Aziz, a lawmaker in Nottingham in north-central England, was suspended hours after the Guido Fawkes website posted screenshots of his Facebook posts, including the one in July 2014 during the Israel-Hamas conflict that called for Israeli Jews to be relocated.
Other posts displayed on Guido Fawkes include one comparing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews and another that perpetuated the blood libel myth that reads “Stop drinking Gaza’s blood.” Another post shows an Israeli flag with the words “God didn’t give you the land – the UK did … Illegally” superimposed on it.
The suspension comes days after the Labour Party suspended a British Parliament member, Naz Shah, for a 2014 Facebook post that called for the entire State of Israel to be relocated to the United States.
On April 28, the Labour Party suspended former London Mayor Ken Livingstone for saying that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist for advocating in 1932 a policy of moving Europe’s Jews to Israel.
The next day, the Labour Party said that it would launch an investigation into anti-Semitism within the party. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also said in a statement that he would propose a new party code of conduct, that would “make explicitly clear for the first time that Labour will not tolerate any form of racism, including anti-Semitism, in the party.”
The latest Labour Party suspension comes just days before local elections, including for mayor of London, in a race that the Labour Party’s candidate, Sadiq Khan, is likely to win, which would make him the first Muslim mayor of a major Western city.
Khan, who is running against Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith, is part of a growing number of Labour Party politicians calling for Livingstone’s expulsion.
Corbyn, a harsh critic of Israel who has referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends,” has been criticized for not doing enough to stop the rising anti-Semitic rhetoric within his party.