U.K. Labor Party Ousts anti-Israel Candidate

Vicki Kirby, 34, sabotages candidacy with Tweets including 'We invented Israel when saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher.'

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Vicki Kirby, center, with supporters in her Woking constituency last week.Credit: Screenshot

The British Labor Party has suspended a parliamentary candidate who questioned why the Islamic State jihadist group had not attacked "the real oppressors, Israel."

Vicki Kirby, 34, was chosen earlier this month as the Labor candidate in the Woking constituency, on the south-western edge of London. She was described as a tireless campaigner for disability, educational and affordable housing issues, and passionate about social justice.

But the mother of two quickly sabotaged her own candidacy with a series of tweets slamming Israel, according to the Sunday Times.

One of her tweets was: “Apparently you can ask IS/ISIS/ISIL questions on ask.fm. Anyone thought of asking them why they’re not attacking the real oppressors #Israel?”

She is also reported to have commented: “We invented Israel when saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher.”

Yet another tweet read: “I will never forget and I will make sure my kids teach their children how evil Israel is!”

Paul Blagbrough, chairman of the party's Woking constituency confirmed on Sunday that Kirby had been suspended. The branch would meet early next week to "discuss what we know and what we need to know,” he said.

Kirby's tweets sparked a backlash on Twitter, with many users condemning her comments.