An Orthodox rabbi has faced criticism for asking a Labour MP mourning a relative killed in the Sri Lanka blasts: “Doesn’t your leader support Islamists?”
Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq expressed solidarity with Sri Lanka after 321 people were killed in the attacks, and revealed she lost a relative in the attacks.
“It’s all so devastating. Hope everyone is keeping safe,” she added.
To which, Rabbi Zvi Solomons of the Jewish Community of Berkshire replied: “So sorry to hear this Tulip. Doesn’t your leader support Islamists like this? Are you still supporting him?”
The tweet received some criticism online, with JLM vice-chair Mike Katz writing: “So not OK.”
Tweeting from his personal account, Siddiq’s senior parliamentary assistant Jay Stoll said: “Sometimes it’s tough being a Jew in the Labour Party, but sometimes it’s tougher to see how our ‘leaders’ are choosing to ‘lead’. How is this okay?”
When approached for comment, Solomons said: “My condolences are heartfelt. My feeling of our Jewish community’s betrayal by ‘moderate’ Labour MPs increases daily.
“The oxymoron of a moderate MP mourning her loss, whilst wearing the badge of a party that espouses organizations broadly sharing the killer’s ideology is too much to ignore.”