British MP ‘wholeheartedly’ apologizes for offensive Facebook post about Israel

Naz Shah apologizing for an offensive Facebook post in Parliament on Wednesday. (YouTube)

A political firestorm erupted in England this week over a Facebook post made two years ago by a Labour Party MP that has led to accusations of anti-Semitism in the party, and its leadership’s failures to root it out. The drama began when a post on Facebook made in 2014 by Bradford MP Naz Shah, before she’d been elected to Parliament, was discovered. Shah had shared an image that depicted the outline of Israel’s border superimposed on top of a map of the U.S. and accompanied by the headline, “Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict — Relocate Israel into United States.” She added her own editorial comment that read, “Problem solved.” Two Jewish Parliament members this week denounced the sentiment of the post as anti-Semitic and called for action from Labour party Jeremy Corbyn. Shah had apologized several times for the Facebook post, and Corbyn delayed taking any action at first, but decided to suspend Shah on Wednesday. Shah stood before Parliament and issued another apology on Wednesday, saying, “I wholeheartedly apologize to this House for the words I used before I became a member.” She added that “antisemitism is racism — full stop.” Watch her apology below.

Still, some of her colleagues weren’t moved by Shah’s suspension or her apology, saying that the fact that the post was shared on Facebook and the way it’s been handled exposes an undercurrent of anti-Semitism within the party.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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