‘Take Up Arms against Brits’ Labour Candidate Asked to Explain ‘Israel Gassed’ Tweet

Labour’s Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner candidate Peymana Assad is in hot water after social media posts surfaced of her saying she would “100% take up arms against the [Afghan] government and its allies” which at the time included the US and the UK. Now Jewish people are questioning an oddly worded tweet from Peymana, which talks about a “10 lost tribes of Israel joke” and a man who “got gassed”. She has now deleted her Facebook account, you have to wonder why?

UPDATE: After her Tweet came to light yesterday, Peymana offered an apology:

I used the word ‘gassed’ in a tweet in 2012 in the sense of the common slang term for being happy and excited. It didn’t occur to me at all that it would have other connotations and I’m completely mortified that I didn’t realise this. I unreservedly apologise.

A man came up to me and asked me if I was Israeli. I’m used to people asking where I’m from and assuming that I’m not from Britain. I said I was Afghan but that there’s a theory that Afghans descend from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, we laughed about it being a kind of strange theory that’s never been proved. He was really intrigued by it and said he’d look it up when he got home.

I’ve been outspoken against any pro-Palestinian campaigners blaming Jewish people for Israel’s actions and about antisemitism in our Party and calling out those who seek to deny and downplay it. A review of my twitter demonstrates this. I am absolutely committed to standing in solidarity with Jewish people and to fighting antisemitism. I recently tweeted in support of the Board of Deputies’ Ten Commitments and I will continue to promote them during the election.

She has now deleted her Twitter account, as well as her Facebook…


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