Community leaders and Israel activists have applauded the Labour Party for suspending a parliamentary candidate who described Israel as “evil” and questioning why Islamic State had not attacked the Jewish state. 

Vicki Kirby's profile picture, from Twitter.

Vicki Kirby’s profile picture, from Twitter.

Vicki Kirby, who was set to contest Woking for the party, reportedly took to Twitter to say: “We invented Israel when saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher.”

According to the Sunday Times, another message said: “I will never forget and I will make sure my kids teach their children how evil Israel is.”

Saying it was possible to ask questions of IS online, she reportedly said in her most sickening message: “Anyone thought of asking them why they’re not attacking the real oppressors #Israel?”

The party confirmed Kirby’s suspension as a candidate at the next General Election.

Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel, said: “I welcome the party’s suspension of Vicki Kirby. Her tweets were utterly vile and have no place in British poliics.”