U.K. Labour Suspends Official Who Blamed Jews for 'All Wars in the World'

Mohammed Yasin was suspended after The Sunday Times gave Labour a dossier detailing his social media activity

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A senior U.K. Labour Party official who once blamed Jews for "all the wars in the world" was suspended on Saturday after The Sunday Times approached the party with materials detailing his social media activity over the past two years.

Mohammed Yasin, Labour’s West Midlands regional organizer, had shared anti-Semitic posts, 9/11 conspiracy theories and praised a homophobic preacher. In February 2016, he shared a meme featuring Mel Gibson's statement that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He allegedly also shared a meme depicting two men laughing under the headline, “When someone tells me it’s not the Jews.”

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Yasin, not be confused with a Labour member of parliament with the same name, has had his Twitter feed removed and Labour has launched an investigation.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, tweeted on Sunday: "Yet again, despicable examples of antisemitic posts on social media, this time not simply from a *member* of the Labour party but someone who actually *works* [there]... Over two years and noone noticed??"

In recent years, Labour has been accused of harboring anti-Semitism and Jewish groups have accused the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn of not taking the problem seriously enough.

Last month, British police launched a criminal investigation into allegations of anti-Semitic hate crimes within the party.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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