Labour’s candidate for one of its safest seats was criticised this weekend for his “utterly unacceptable” comments comparing Israel to a Nazi regime.
Afzal Khan had posted a comment on Twitter saying: “The Israeli government are acting like Nazi’s in Gaza.” He is due to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election on May 4. The seat was previously held by the late Sir Gerald Kaufman, who was Jewish, with a majority of 24,079.
Joan Ryan, chairwoman of Labour Friends of Israel, condemned Khan: “Any and all comparisons between modern-day Israel and Nazi Germany are totally inaccurate, highly offensive and utterly unacceptable.”
A Labour Party disciplinary panel is due to rule on Tuesday about whether to expel Ken Livingstone, London’s former mayor, for saying there was “real collaboration” between Nazis and Zionists before the Second World War.read more