The Jewish community was shocked and angered at the appointment of Swindon’s first Muslim Mayor Junjab Ali who had come under fire for supporting a rally called ‘Swindon Against Israel in Gaza’ hosted by Hamas terrorist sympathisers ‘Stop the War Coalition’.
The ceremony came on the same day as veteran Labour councillor Teresa Page resigned in disgust at the party’s “unpatriotic and anti-Semitic stance” and suggested that criticism of the Corbyn leadership within the Swindon Labour Group is strictly off limits.
The brave, patriotic and well respected councillor Page went on to say “If you make it known that you are not happy with the national leadership, you shoot yourself in the back, not just the foot.”
Ali, the former 2014 South-West MEP candidate who was beaten by UKIP’s Julia Reid, pledged his support to a campaign to exclude goods entering the EU from Israel’s settlements and support Palestinians’ claim to self-determination.
Many within the Jewish community expressed outrage and questioned the suitability for someone who could support such a protest, suggesting that Hamas are the same as the terrorists who murdered innocent children in the Manchester Arena at the Ariana Grande concert on May 22 2017. Shockingly the battered Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls these people ‘friends’.
Sadly, the appointment has done nothing to repair the anti-Semitism issue but has indeed fuelled the fire rather than building the bridges of peace and friendship.
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