British MP suspended for anti-Semitism made a shadow minister

Labour's Naz Shah, who was suspended in 2016 after sharing anti-Israel post on social media, appointed shadow equalities minister.

Elad Benari,

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A British Labour MP who was suspended two years ago following anti-Semitic remarks has been made a shadow equalities minister, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Naz Shah was suspended in April of 2016 after sharing a post on social media which supported the relocation of Israel to the United States.

In addition, she called for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel and compared the State of Israel to Nazi Germany. The comments were posted online prior to her election as MP.

Shah lost the parliamentary whip and was barred from party activity for three months while an investigation was carried out, before being reinstated in July of 2016.

She later admitted she was "ignorant" about discrimination against Jews and said she wanted to win back the community's trust.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made the Bradford West MP shadow minister for women and equalities as he announced other appointments to fill vacancies or maternity cover in his frontbench team.

In an interview with the BBC after her 2016 suspension, Shah insisted she "wasn't anti-Semitic" but conceded that "what I put out was anti-Semitic."

In January 2017, she met Board of Deputies leaders in Bradford to discuss her desire to strengthen her relationship with the Jewish community.

Following the meeting, Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush said, "Naz Shah is one of the only people involved in Labour's anti-Semitism crisis who has sought to make amends for her actions, and for this we commend her and now regard Naz as a sincere friend of our community."

Over the last several years, dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements.

Corbyn himself been criticized in the past due to his calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups.

A meeting he held several months ago with Jewish leaders did little to ease the tensions. After the gathering, Jewish groups released a statement saying the meeting "was a disappointing missed opportunity" and that Corbyn had “failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for.”


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