Labour official: Hide anti-Semitism, don't fix it

London council leader advises colleagues to hide offensive remarks, rather than to stop making them.

Matt Wanderman,

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As the UK's Labour Party struggles with its ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, one exposed politician has offered advice for his colleagues: Don't bother with soul-searching, just hide your hateful remarks from the public.

Shortly after Muhammed Butt, the leader of a borough council in London, apologized for a Facebook post comparing Israel to ISIS, he sent a private message to his colleagues that suggested his contrition was not entirely sincere.

The Jewish Chronicle reports that Butt's message read: "I urge all of you to look at your privacy settings on all your social media accounts and be aware of all your posts and comments that others could be making without your knowledge."

It is not clear why he was concerned over others' comments, as the vast majority of criticism centered around statements freely made by Labour politicians. Butt also did not elaborate on why he does not object to elected officials holding anti-Semitic views, as long as the public remains unaware.

Michael Maurice, a Conservative councilor, told the Jewish Chronicle that he was stunned by the e-mail. "I am very weary of what is actually going on. I know people in the Labour party who are also very concerned about this," he said. "It’s happening all over the country. I think a lot of it was suppressed because of the mayoral election."

Maurice has expressed his desire for Butt to give up his position as head of the Brent Council.




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