U.K. Labour Party reinstates lawmaker suspended for anti-Semitic comment



Naz Shah. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) British Member of Parliament (MP) Naz Shah—who was suspended in April from the Labour Party for who suggesting that Israel should be relocated to the United States as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—has been reinstated, a local party spokesman said.

Before her suspension, Shah had apologized in the British parliament for her remark. Nevertheless, the comment sparked an anti-Semitism scandal that resulted in the suspension of at least 50 other Labour members. The scandal extended to former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was suspended for saying in a BBC interview that Hitler had supported Zionism.

"We're simply confirming [Shah] has been reinstated," the Labour spokesman said, Reuters reported.

Last week, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn criticized Livingstone when he testified to British lawmakers about an inquiry into anti-Semitism within his party. But Corbyn faced renewed criticism for apparently comparing Israel to the Islamic State terror group in his testimony. 

"Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel than our Muslim friends are for the self-styled Islamic State,” said Corbyn, whose Labour leadership was called into question after his party’s MPs gave him a no-confidence vote by a margin of 172-40 last week. Just days earlier, almost all of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet resigned following the United Kingdom's referendum decision to leave the European Union.

Posted on July 6, 2016 .