Labour MP Naz Shah: 'I realised I was ignorant about Jews'


In the bridge-building spirit of the weekend, Bradford West Labour MP Naz Shah took an active role in the tea for refugees and asylum seekers at the local Reform synagogue, which was judged best interfaith partnership in the Mitzvah Day awards.

In April, Ms Shah apologised for a series of social media posts about Jews and Israel which led to her resigning as a parliamentary secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

She told the JC on Sunday that the lessons she had learned had "massively influenced" her thinking and made her a stronger person.

"I realised I was ignorant and I needed to learn about the Jewish faith and culture. I do not have hatred for Jewish people. I was never antisemitic but what I put out was antisemitic. I wanted to make a real apology rather than a politician's apology.

"For me, the challenge of antisemitism and Islamophobia is now so personal, especially in the current political climate."

The Jewish community teamed up with Muslim volunteers to organise the tea, which attracted a large number of guests.

"Mitzvah Day is about reaching out to our neighbours and different communities and making them feel welcome around us," said Rudi Leavor, the Bradford Reform chair. "We hope opening up the synagogue on Mitzvah Day will help promote positive community relations."

Share via

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive