Labour Party: MP hopeful said she would ‘celebrate’ death of Benjamin Netanyahu

Zarah Sultana, 26, is a candidate for Coventry South and already has sparked fury over a wave of hate-filled posts on social media. In one, she said she supported “violent resistance” against Israel by Palestinians, The Jewish Chronicle reports. The comments also saw her argue against the suggestion it was wrong to “celebrate the death of any person regardless of what they did”.

They were made when she was a Birmingham University student.

In one, she said: “Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die.”

She added: “The sooner they meet their creator the better. The concepts of justice and accountability don’t truly exist in this life. Only in the next.”

Backing Palestinian’s attacking Israel, she also wrote on Facebook: “Best believe that was an error and I meant to write ‘violent resistance’.”

She added hashtag #signsofanextremistMuslim in the same post.

She wrote about Israel: “There will come a time in the near future where those (who) lobby for Israel feel the same shame and regret as South African apartheid supporters.”

She added: “It is not progressive to champion a state created through ethnic cleansing, sustained through occupation, apartheid and war crimes.”

In another post, she said: “Those within the student movement who go to Zionist conferences and trips should be ashamed of themselves. You’re advocating racist ideology.”

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Ms Sultana claimed she wrote the comments as a “young activist”.

She said in a statement: “Today I was shown tweets from a deleted account dating back several years from when I was a student.

“This was written out of frustration rather than any malice.

“I was a young activist exasperated by endless cycles of global suffering, violence and needless killing resulting from decisions by political leaders, from the Iraq war to the killing of over 2,000 Palestinians in 2014, mostly civilians, which was condemned by the United Nations.

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“I do not support violence and I should not have articulated my anger in the manner I did, for which I apologise.”

Ms Sultana, a paid Labour staffer, was selected last week as a candidate in the upcoming general election by leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour Party has been rocked by claims of anti-Semitism since Mr Corbyn was elected leader.

A cluster of scandals have taken place that has catapulted the party into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

It began when Mr Corbyn himself shared a platform with activists who compared Israel to the Nazis during a Holocaust Memorial Day event he hosted in 2010.

After, Labour MP Nassem Shah shared a Facebook post supporting the relocation of Israel to the United States and Ken Livingstone claimed Adolf Hitler “was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”.

Head of the Labour Party’s disputes panel, Christine Shawcroft, resigned after she opposed the suspension of Peterborough council candidate, Alan Bull, who was accused of Holocaust denial.

The party recently adopted a new code of conduct in a bid to stomp out anti-semitism but critics have argued it does not go as far as guidelines in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Labour’s code misses four of the 11 examples of anti-semitism which are internationally recognised as the definition. 

In June, Derby North MP Chris Williamson was allowed back into the party after he was kicked out for stating Labour had been “too apologetic” when it came to dealing with anti-Semitism claims.

In August last year, Jim Murphy, who led Scottish Labour between 2014 and 2015, took out page three of the Jewish Telegraph to say sorry to the religious community for Mr Corbyn’s lack of action.

Express.co.uk has contacted the Labour Party for a statement.

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