Following the debacle of distorting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, the Labour Party have made another blunder and appointed Naz Shah as shadow equalities minister.
Shah’s anti-Semitism was exposed in April 2016 when a number of her Facebook posts were made public. In them Shah compared Israelis to Nazis, declared that ‘the Jews are rallying’ and suggested that Israelis leave the Middle East and move to the US, claiming: ‘problem solved and save you bank charges for the £3bn you transfer yearly’. She utilised at least three tropes and blood libels in these short sentences.
Realising how much harm she had caused, Shah apologised profusely and was suspended by Labour for four months. She made overtures to the Jewish community by writing an apology in the Jewish News and told congregants at a Leeds synagogue she agreed that Israel had the right to defend itself.
After that I had hopes for Shah. But it didn’t take her long to revert to type. In March she protested when Israel repelled an Islamist invasion at its Gaza border. Invoking yet another blood libel, she accused Israel of killing ‘unarmed’ and ‘peaceful’ ‘protesters’. Financed and equipped by Iran and Hezbollah, Hamas and their co-conspirators Islamic Jihad are anything but peaceful.
The lesson Shah really learnt in 2016 was to use the word ‘Israelis’ instead of ‘Jews’. Like most Labour MPs, she refuses to comprehend that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. They have swallowed the Islamist propaganda for so long they can no longer distinguish between the truth and a lie. But this is not the only hype they believe in and seek to propagate.
To Shah and her ilk, adherence to the failed policies of multi-culturalism and the virtue-signalling word ‘diversity’ trumps every sense of morality and perspective. Last August Labour MP Sarah Champion courageously spoke out about the problem of British Pakistani rape gangs. For her trouble, and for speaking the truth, Champion was forced to resign as shadow equalities minister.
True to form, Shah proceeded to blame the victims and tweeted that ‘those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity’. She also launched an attack on Champion for telling the truth.
If this were not enough for Shah, she organised a letter, backed by Jeremy Corbyn, protesting against The Sun’s subsequent editorial on Islam and the grooming gangs.
Given that Labour have form when it comes to censoring free speech, this was unsurprising. Their latest attempt to crack down on the press, also supported by Corbyn and Shah, was thankfully jettisoned by Parliament.
Considering Labour’s strange obsession with Islamism, their penchant for anti-Semitism, neglect of the white working class and desire to muzzle the press, Naz Shah is ideal as shadow equalities minister. Her appointment makes perfect sense in Labour’s twisted universe.