Labour MP Refuses to Apologise for Holocaust Slur

LabourList demanded that Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi apologise for comparing Israel-Palestine to the Holocaust this afternoon, but she ain’t doing so. A Labour spokesman said:

“These remarks were taken completely out of context. Yasmin Qureshi was not equating events in Gaza with the Holocaust. As an MP who has visited Auschwitz and has campaigned all her life against racism and anti-Semitism she would not do so.”

As you can see, it very much is in context. The context being the surrounding sentences:

“What has struck me in all this is that the state of Israel was founded because of what happened to the millions and millions of Jews who suffered genocide. Their properties, homes and land – everything – were taken away, and they were deprived of rights. Of course, many millions perished.

It is quite strange that some of the people who are running the state of Israel seem to be quite complacent and happy to allow the same to happen in Gaza.”

Oh dear.




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