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A British politician sparked outrage over the weekend by referring to the Labour Party's prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband as "the Jew," in comments made in Arabic, according to British online publication, Jewish News.
In remarks made in a Facebook exchange Saturday, Gulzabeen Afsal, a Tory council candidate running in Derby, wrote that she would never support "the Jew," apparently referring to Miliband.
The exchange began when Afsal wrote on her Facebook page: “Just can’t take Mr Ed Miiband seriously!! DC (David Cameron) has what it takes to be the future PM.”
When a respondent suggested that Afsal should have some respect "for the future PM", she responded: “Nah bro! never ever will I drop that low and support the al yahud [Arabic for Jew] lol.”
This marks the first time a candidate running for elected office has brought up the religion of Labor's choice for prime minister in the upcoming UK elections, according to Jewish News.
In response to the remarks, a Derby Labour Party spokesman said:“With anti-Semitism on the rise across Europe it is abhorrent and terrifying that a prospective Conservative politician would say something like this.
“Derby Conservatives should launch an immediate investigation into this incident and take the appropriate action. Derby must be free from prejudice, especially from those seeking elected office.”
A spokesman for Tory added: “Her comment was offensive and wrong. She has removed it and apologized.”