Labour MP suspended after accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza in post about Holocaust Memorial Day

Kate Osamor - Labour MP suspended after accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza in post about Holocaust Memorial Day
Kate Osamor served on the Labour frontbench under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn - PA/Danny Lawson
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A Labour MP has been suspended after accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza in a post about Holocaust Memorial Day.

Kate Osamor, the MP for Edmonton, had said in a weekly newsletter for local members on Friday that Holocaust Memorial Day was “an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of other people murdered under Nazi persecution of other groups and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and now Gaza.”

She also shared a photograph of herself signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s commemoration book in Westminster.

Ms Osamor has now been suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party by the party’s chief whip pending an investigation, a Labour source confirmed on Sunday evening.

The former frontbencher under Jeremy Corbyn had issued an apology on Friday for “any offence caused” by her comments.

Ms Osamor wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a day to remember the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and the genocides that have occurred since.

“I apologise for any offence caused by my reference to the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Gaza as part of that period of remembrance.”

Tensions within the Labour Party

The Jewish Leadership Council had said of Ms Osamor’s comments before she was suspended: “To invoke our history and abuse Holocaust Memorial Day to attack the Jewish state is not only amoral, it is offensive to survivors and the wider Jewish community.”

A weekly update post on Ms Osamor’s website now reads: “Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day, an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of other people murdered under Nazi persecution of other groups and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia.”

The suspension reflects the ongoing tensions within the Labour Party about its response to the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Last Wednesday, Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green Tahir Ali apologised after being spoken to by party whips for telling the Commons that Rishi Sunak had “the blood of thousands of innocent people on his hands” over the Government’s handling of the conflict.

Earlier this month, shadow foreign secretary David Lammy had a major policy speech in London interrupted by pro-Palestinian protestors.

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