UK Labor official fired after posting Hitler 'was the greatest man in history'

The episode is the latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidences involving Labor party members.

April 10, 2016 16:27
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Hitler. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A UK Labor official was suspended on Sunday after she allegedly wrote anti-Semitic messages onto social media including one post which stated Hitler was "the greatest man in history," according to the Daily Mail.

Lutton borough Labor Councillor Aysegul Gurbuz, 20,  was fired from the Labor party after it was revealed that between 2011 to 2014 she had written numerous disparaging comments about Jews.

The posts were discovered by Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, which describes itself as volunteer-based grassroots charity "dedicated to exposing and countering anti-Semitism," according to the group's Facebook page.

Another tweet written in 2013 states: "The Jews are so powerful in the US it’s disgusting," while another opined that she hoped Iran would "wipe Israel off the map" with a nuclear weapon.

Gurbuz, however, denies that she was responsible for the anti-Semitic statements, claiming her sister may have been responsible for them, the Daily Mail added.

"It was a joint account I had with my sister so I don’t know if she’s gone out and tweeted that, but I’m absolutely appalled right now," Gurbuz said in response to the controversy.

"Where I live we’ve got very good cohesion with the Jewish community... I’m absolutely shocked," she added.

After the social media messages came to light, a Labor spokesperson announced Gurbuz's immediate suspension "pending an investigation.’

The episode is the latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidences involving Labor party members.

On March 15, former Labor parliamentarian candidate Vicky Kirby was suspended (for the second time) due to tweets stating that Jews have “big noses” and “slaughter the oppressed.”

Her comments resurfaced after she was made a local vice chair of the party.

In addition, former Lord Mayor of Bradford Khadim Hussain said he was quitting the party after it was revealed that he shared a post that stated that the British educational system "only tells you about Anne Frank and the six million Zionists that were killed by Hitler.”

Another incident came as Gerry Downing was readmitted into the Labor party after publicly stating last year it was time Britain answer the "Jewish Question." He was subsequently suspended once again in late February.

While Oxford Labor Union Club co-Chairmen Alex Chambers resigned from the campus group earlier this year after claiming the university organization had “some kind of problem with Jews.”

In a post on Facebook, Alex Chalmers explained that his decision was made in light of the Oxford University Labor Club’s decision to endorse Israel Apartheid Week on campus, stating that “the attitudes of certain members of the club towards certain disadvantaged groups was becoming poisonous."

Labor party chairmen, Jeremy Corbyn, has denied that anti-Semitism was a pervasive problem within his faction, and said that the Labor has been unequivocal in its condemnation of racism in any form.

"[Since] I became leader I’ve absolutely condemned anti-Semitism, I’ve condemned Islamophobia, I’ve condemned any form of racism anywhere in our society," Corbyn told Sky News in a March interview. 

"It is absolutely something I totally passionately believe in and I’m disappointed that Lord Levy has made these remarks," he added.

The far-leftist himself has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism, and in the past has called terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah "friends." 
Labor Party candidate in London’s mayoral race, Sadiq Khan, said last Tuesday that he is “embarrassed” and “sorrowful” about his party’s failure to take on anti-Semitism.
JTA and Herb Kenion contributed to this article.

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