2 more Labor councilors suspended for 'Jews' rants

The anti-Semitism crisis that just won't go away: One councilor compared Israel to Nazis, the other claimed Jews rigged the Oscars.

Ari Soffer,

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn under pressure to contain scandal ahead of elections
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn under pressure to contain scandal ahead of elections

Yet another two local councilors for the UK Labour Party have been suspended pending an investigation into anti-Semitic comments they made online.

Miqdad Al-Nuaimi and Terry Kelly are the latest Labour anti-Semites to be outed by the Guido Fawkes political blog, which has been responsible for exposing most of the scores of other public allegations of anti-Semitism to hit headlines in recent weeks and months - although a recent investigation suggested the scale of the problem is far greater than has been reported.

Three tweets of Al-Nuaimi were highlighted in the expose - from 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In the first post, the Muslim councilor for Newport, England, compared Israel to Nazi Germany: "#Israel regime & army are increasingly assuming the arrogance & genocidal character of the #Nazis. Curious &strong irony here."

The second tweet, posted in February last year, targeted "Jews" more directly: "Jews in whose name #Israeli #Zionist regime commit war crimes should worry: its's [sic] same arrogant mentality as #Nazis."

His third tweet, in March of this year, voiced a conspiracy theory commonly made by anti-Semites - including other Labour party members - that the State of Israel somehow created the vicious ISIS terrorist group.

Al-Nuaimi posted a link to a conspiracy theory website, which claimed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was "treated at an Israeli hospital," to which he responded: "If confirmed, the #Israeli connection is very interesting."

Terry Kelly is a Labour councillor in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and a very vocal anti-Israel activist.

He also regularly blogs lengthy rants about the "Jewish lobby," blaming Jews for everything from controlling US government policy to rigging the Oscars.

In one blog comparing Israeli military operations against jihadist terrorists to the Holocaust, he attacked Jews throughout the world:

"...this is being done by the survivors of the Holocaust, it beggars belief that the Jewish people who suffered so much could treat innocent children this way but that’s what they are doing… There must be millions of Jews all around the world who abhor what Israel is doing, why don’t we hear their voices, when will they stand up and shout ‘enough’?"

Both were suspended from the Labour Party just hours after the posts were revealed, as party leader Jeremy Corbyn faces pressure to contain the problem and the UK heads to local elections.