UK Labour party councilor hails Hitler as ‘greatest man ever’

A local councilor in England has been suspended from the Labour Party after posting a string of virulently anti-Semitic tweets, in the latest in a seemingly unending list of anti-Semitism scandals to hit the left-wing party.

Aysegul Gurbuz's Twitter message lauding Adolf Hitler as the "greatest man in history" was exposed by Britain's Daily Mail, and provoked a storm of outrage.

Gurbuz, a 20-year-old British Muslim, became the youngest ever councilor to be elected in Luton last year.

But the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism unearthed a series of worrying Twitter messages she posted just one year previously, prompting her suspension – though, astonishingly, she has not been expelled.

In one 2013 Tweet, Gurbuz posted: "The Jews are so powerful in the US it’s disgusting." 

In 2012 she wrote of the then Labour leader: "Ed Miliband is Jewish. He will never become prime minister of Britain."

But perhaps the most shocking Tweet was posted in 2011, when she stated simply: "Adolf Hitler = greatest man in history." She also said she hoped Iran would use nuclear weapons to "wipe Israel off the map."

Gurbuz, a final year university student and events organizer for her student union "Friends of Palestine" society, denies having ever posted the comments, and claimed they were posted under her name by her sister.

Responding to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, Gurbuz said: "It was a joint account I had with my sister so I don’t know if she’s gone out and tweeted that, but I’m absolutely appalled right now.

"Where I live we’ve got very good cohesion with the Jewish community… I’m absolutely shocked."

But Campaign Against Anti-Semitism spokesman Jonathan Sacerdoti remained unconvinced. "These tweets are anti-Semitic. They appear on Aysegul Gurbuz’s personal account and there is no defense for that," he said.

A statement from the Labour Party announced Saturday that "Councillor Gurbuz has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation."

As noted, this is just the latest anti-Semitism controversy to hit the leading UK opposition party.

On Saturday, the former Archbishop of Canterbury issued a scathing criticism of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, stating that he and his party are "unfit to govern" until they purge the party of anti-Semitism, after a string of incidents which have left British Jews increasingly concerned.

Even Labour's candidate for Mayor of London has admitted the party has an anti-Semitism problem, as have other senior party leaders.

In March, Vicki Kirby, a party organizer banned for calling Hitler “a Zionist god” and ridiculing Jews for having “big noses," was readmitted into the party – just one of a number of members expelled for anti-Semitism under the previous administration to be readmitted under Corbyn's leadership.

Another party activist, Bob Campbell, was criticized for suggesting that Israel was behind the ISIS terror organization.

More recently, a former mayor of Bradford and Labour member, Khadim Hussain, posted comments on Facebook complaining about Holocaust education and alleging that Israel had armed ISIS.

And in a scandal which reverberated nationwide, the head of the Labour student union at England's prestigious Oxford University resigned, alleging that the "student left" has "a problem with Jews." A probe into rampant anti-Semitism at Oxford is still ongoing.

The above are just a sample of some of the anti-Semitic incidents to have rocked the party since Jeremy Corbyn – formerly a hard-left backbencher who hailed Hezbollah and Hamas as his "friends," and maintained close ties with Islamic extremists and Holocaust deniers – was voted in as leader last year.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken aim at the opposition leader over anti-Semitism within Labour, calling on his rivals to "sort out" the problem.


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