British Labour Party Suspends Three More Members Over anti-Israel Posts

Ex-Blackburn mayor Salim Mulla post image suggesting Israel is behind ISIS, while Nottingham City councilor Ilyas Aziz suggested Israel should have been placed in U.S.

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The anti-Semitism scandal bedeviling Britain's Labour Party ahead of Thursday's election has continued with the suspension of three additional party members for anti-Israel comments.

According to British media and his Facebook, the former mayor of Blackburn, Salim Mulla, shared pictures on Facebook suggesting that Israel was using ISIS to attack nations that supported Palestinians.

In the post, from August, ISIS attacked France after it voted for Palestinian statehood, and executed a Japanese prisoner after Japan donated to Gaza: "Is this a coincidence. You b***** daam right it is. We all know Zionism game being played."

Former Blackburn mayor Salim Mulla's Facebook post suggesting Israel is behind ISIS Credit: Facebook

A few hours later, Burnley Labour councilor Shah Hussain was also suspended for sending Israeli soccer player Yossi Benayoun tweets in which he said Israel was doing the same to the Palestinians "the Hitler did to your race."

According to a statement quoted in British media, the Labour party said Hussain is "now under investigation over comments made on social media."

Burnley Labour councillor Shah Hussain suspended for tweets sent to Yossi Benayoun Credit: Twitter

(Shah erroneously claimed that John Hartson had kicked Benayoun, while he had in fact kicked Eyal Berkovic, later calling it the biggest regret of his career).

Earlier, the party said Monday that Nottingham City councilor Ilyas Aziz has been suspended pending an investigation.

Nottingham City councilor Ilyas AzisCredit: Twitter

The move follows the suspension last week of two other Labour figures, including former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was on the party's executive council.

Aziz had suggested on Facebook that it might have been wiser to create Israel in America and that Israel could be relocated "even now."

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched an independent review of anti-Semitism and racism within its ranks.