Tories investigate councillor who shared Facebook posts, including claim Jewish MP was 'funded by Israel lobby'

Mohammad Aslam posted links to articles, including one that decried 'Radical Jewish Terrorism'


The Conservative Party is investigating a councillor over posts he shared on Facebook, including one that said a Jewish MP was "funded by [the] Israel lobby" and another decrying “Radical Jewish Terrorism”.

Mohammad Aslam, councillor for the Bradley ward in Pendle, shared a post saying the “Gaza massacre is the price of a ‘Jewish state’” and an article that claimed that then Labour MP Ruth Smeeth was “funded by [the] Israel lobby”.

Another post Cllr Aslam shared - now deleted - included the image of a bloodied child and a description of the Israeli government’s actions as “Radical Jewish Terrorism”.

The post added: “Israel is an illegal state. Israel is a Terrorist State.”

In another post, he shared a video which read “Jerusalem, we are coming”, attributed to Hamas, showing gun-toting militants moving forward in a military parade.

He also shared two videos of Turkish President Erdogan calling Israel “a terrorist state”.

A spokesperson for the Conservative Party told the JC: “This matter is under investigation.

“Our complaints process is rightly a confidential one but there are a wide range of sanctions to challenge and change behaviour, including conditions to undertake training, periods of suspension and expulsion, and these are applied on a case-by-case basis.”

Mr Aslam was approached for comment but had not responded as this article went live.

The Lancashire Telegraph previously reported on a private message allegedly sent from Mr Aslam’s account, in which he told the person: “Everyone says you have a mind of Jews”.

A spokesperson for Cllr Aslam said at the time that he did not recall sending the message, adding: “His Facebook has been hacked in the past”.

Concerns about Cllr Aslam were raised before the General Election by the Labour Party, though Cllr Aslam was a Labour councillor before he defected to the Tories in 2015.

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