Labour’s shadow immigration minister Afzal Khan has apologised for sharing “an antisemitic conspiracy” on Facebook in 2015, saying he was “mortified”.
Now an MP, Azfal shared the video when he was a Member of the European Parliament. It showed Jewish American comedian and TV host Jon Stewart talking about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
However, underneath the caption read: “Israel-British-Swiss-Rothschilds crime syndicate” and “mass-murdering Rothschilds Israeli mafia criminal liars”.
When alerted to the underlying text, Khan said: “I am mortified and sincerely sorry about this genuine accident. I didn’t read the text below, which contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy about the Rothschilds. I would never have shared it if I had seen that.”
North West Friends of Israel co-chair Raphi Bloom said the conspiracies about the Rothschilds was “a well-known antisemitic trope about Jews dominating the world… I think it is disgraceful and I would like to see action”.
Khan is well-known throughout the north-west for his interfaith work, including co-founding the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester, but recently drew anger by saying Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was “the target of a relentless smear campaign, orchestrated by the wealthy establishment”.
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