Labour will take no action against MEP who compared Israel to the Nazis


MPs and Jewish communal groups have called on Labour to take action against an MEP who compared Israel to the Nazis.

Afzal Khan made the comment during the Israeli military action in Gaza two years ago, it has emerged.

He tweeted in August 2014: “The Israeli government are acting like Nazi’s in Gaza”.

Labour said yesterday that Mr Khan had been “reminded of his responsibilities as a Labour representative”, but that he would face no disciplinary action.

Conservative MPs Andrew Percy and Sir Eric Pickles had urged Labour to suspend Mr Khan, who was appointed a CBE for his community and interfaith work and is co-founder of The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester.

They described his comments as “deeply offensive”.

Joan Ryan MP, chair of Labour Friends of Israel, told the Telegraph: “As the European Forum on Antisemitism has made clear, drawing comparisons between contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis is totally unacceptable.”

Marie van der Zyl, a Board of Deputies vice president, and Sharon Bannister, president of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, called on Mr Khan, who is MEP for the North-West England region, to apologise.

In a joint statement, they said: "We are deeply disappointed by these tweets, which, whilst not new, are still deeply offensive. We would ask Afzal Khan to withdraw the comment and to publicly apologise for it. There is no place for antisemitism in our politics."

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