Labour UK candidate quits race after Holocaust comments revealed

Ally of Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn forced to quit parliament race after she compared Palestinian Arabs to Holocaust victims.

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A staunch ally of Labour UK chief Jeremy Corbyn and a leading candidate for a special election to fill a vacant parliament seat dropped out of the race Sunday, after it was revealed that she had equated Israel’s efforts at self-defense to the Holocaust.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, cofounder of and executive director of UK Black Pride, had until recently been the front-runner for the Labour Party’s primary for a special June 14th election to fill the vacancy left by moderate Labour MP Heidi Alexander.

The district, Lewisham East in Greater London, is considered a “safe seat” for Labour.

Just days before the primary, however, the Guido Fawkes blog revealed comments made by Opoku-Gyimah over social media during last year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, claiming that Palestinian Authority Arabs were suffering from “genocide”.

“Today is the day when we remember all those affected by the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur – I’m adding Palestinian to the list”,” Opoku-Gyimah wrote in a January 27th, 2017 Facebook post.

Opoku-Gyimah previously came under fire after it was discovered she had hired Josh Rivers, the former editor of the UK-based Gay Times, to work at UK Black Pride. Rivers was forced to resign from the Gay Times following revelations that he had mocked Jews, homeless people, and disabled children.

“Jews are gross,” wrote Rivers in one social media comment. “It’s the only religion with ‘ew’ in it.’ Family Guy genius before the festivities begin.”

“I wonder if they cast that guy as ‘The Jew’ because of that f**king ridiculously large honker of a nose,” Rivers wrote in another comment. “It must be prosthetic. Must be.”

On Sunday, Opoku-Gyimah announced that she would be dropping out of the race. The Black Pride leader made no explicit mention of the scandal surrounding her comments, instead citing an unspecified “unexpected family situation”.


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