U.K. Labour Party Suspends Member for Accusing Jews of 'Genocide' Against British

Musabbir Ali of East London has been suspended after a tweet to a blogpost accusing Jews of hundreds of years of genocide of the British people.

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Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, speaks during the 2016 British Chamber of Commerce annual conference in London, U.K., on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
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In the latest in a long series of suspensions of members of the British Labour Party for anti-Semitic comments, the party has suspended Musabbir Ali, of the Tower Hamlets branch of the party in East London "pending an investigation," the London Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday. 

Ali's suspension followed his tweet of a blatantly anti-Semitic blogpost that alleged that Jews have committed genocide against the British people. Britain's Jewish News website reported that the suspicion followed a complaint on the matter to the Jewish Labour Movement, which is affiliated with the British Labour Party. 

Ali is said to have posted a link to the blogpost, entitled "Timeline Of The Jewish Genocide Of The British People," on Tuesday. The timeline runs from the year 1066 to the present. Among the distortions of history in the blogpost is a description of 1933, the year in which the Nazis took power in Germany, stating: "International Jewry declared all-out war on the German People and swear to destroy them after they threw off the shackles of Jewish oppression."

Among the British leaders which the blogpost dubs "Jewish puppets" are 17th century British leader Oliver Cromwell and 20th century British prime ministers, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Edward Heath and Tony Blair, the Jewish Chronicle said. The newspaper added that after more than 100 people were killed in the Turkish capital, Ankara, in a terrorist attack in October, Ali tweeted: "I think it's must be work evil #Israeli."

The Labour Party has been repeatedly embroiled in controversy recently over anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements by party members, some of them relatively senior.  Last month, former London mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from the party for saying that that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism in the 1930s "before he went mad" and killed six million Jews. 

Also last month, Labour Party parliament member Naz Shah was suspended after it was discovered that she had shared a post on Facebook in 2014 that suggested that Israel be "relocated" to the United States. She issued an apology in the British House of Commons over the matter.

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