Labour suspends council candidate over alleged antisemitic remarks
Labour has suspended and dropped as a candidate, a member accused of sharing antisemitic material while editing a pro-Palestine publication.
It has been confirmed that Sameh Habeeb is being investigated by the party and will no longer be up for election in Northwood on May 3.
Habeeb, the founder and editor of the Palestine Telegraph, was criticised for publishing allegedly antisemitic conspiracy theories.
According to The Daily Telegraph, he “hint[ed] at the well-known canard about Jewish or Zionist media control”, when he said in 2010: “I think you have to ask yourself who controls the media.”
A Labour spokesperson said the party “takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously, which are fully investigated and appropriate disciplinary action taken in line with our rules and procedures.
“Antisemitism has absolutely no place in the Party, and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it, in all its forms.”
On Monday, another Labour member and council candidate, Roy Smart, was suspended by the party and dropped for local council elections, after being accused of sharing Holocaust denial.
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