Labour MP Naz Shah has resigned as aid to the Shadow Channcellor following the discovery of anti-Israel messages on her facebook page from 2014, in which she advocates moving Israel to America and refers to a poll about Israel by saying, “The Jews are rallying”.
In her statement posted to Twitter, Ms Shah said, “I deeply regret the hurt I have caused by comments made on social media before I was elected as an MP.”
“I made these posts at the height of the Gaza conflict in 2014, when emotions were running high around the Middle East conflict. But that is no excuse for the offence I have given, for which I unreservedly apologise.”
“In recognition of that offence I have stepped down from my role as PPS to the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. I will be seeking to expand my existing engagement and dialogue with Jewish community organisations, and will be stepping up my efforts to combat all forms of racism, including anti-semitism.”
I am truly sorry and I will be putting out a more detailed explanation later. pic.twitter.com/x74FDKNCJE
— Naz Shah MP (@NazShahBfd) April 26, 2016
The apology and resignation comes as a fresh post from 2014 has emerged where Ms Shah appears to equate Israel with Hitler, as well as labeling Israel as #Apartheid.
— Marcus Dysch (@MarcusDysch) April 26, 2016