Naz shah at a polling station
LABOUR has suspended its MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, following her post on social media backing a suggestions that Israel “relocate” to America.
Shah, who shared the post before she became an MP last May, apologised today (27) in the Commons after Prime Minister David Cameron called for her suspension.
She said: “Anti-Semitism is racism, full stop. As an MP I will do everything in my power to build relationships between Muslims, Jews and people of different faiths and none.”
Labour confirmed that party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shah “have mutually agreed that she is administratively suspended from the Labour Party by the general secretary.
“Pending investigation, she is unable to take part in any party activity and the whip is removed.”
Yesterday (26), Shah resigned as an aide to shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
The mother of three made the the controversial comments in 2014 on a Facebook post, sharing a poster on the social media site which argued that the “transportation costs” would be worth it.
It went on to say Americans would “welcome Israelis with open arms” and that the relocation would bring peace to the Middle East by ending “foreign interference”.
Alongside the poster, Shah wrote “problem solved”, added a smiley face and suggested she would lobby Cameron to adopt the plan.
It has now emerged Shah urged people on Facebook to back suggestions Israel was “committing war crimes” in a poll in 2014 and said that “the Jews are rallying” to vote .
Apologising for the offence caused, Shah said: “I made these posts at the height of the Gaza conflict in 2014, when emotions were running high around the Middle East conflict. But that is no excuse for the offence I have given, for which I unreservedly apologise.
“In recognition of that offence, I have stepped down from my role as PPS to the shadow chancellor John McDonnell.”