A MUSLIM Labour councillor has been suspended form the party over shockingly racist tweets about Jewish people.
Aysegul Gurbuz, 20, became Luton’s youngest councillor last year when she was elected and is the latest in a series of anti-semitic scandals to hit the party.
The Warwick University student tweeted that Adolf Hitler was ‘the greatest man in history’ and that Iran should use nuclear weapons to “wipe Israel off the map”.
Last night she was suspended from the Labour Party after Campaign Against Anti-Semitism found a string of offensive posts on her Twitter account, the Mail on Sunday reports.
In series of disturbing tweets from between 2011 and 2014 she made repeatedly made references to “Jews”.
In one tweet, posted in January 2013, she said: “The Jews are so powerful in the US it’s disgusting.”
Another earlier post from October 2012 referenced the former Labour leader Ed Miliband saying because he is Jewish he will “never become prime minister of Britain.”
Last night the councillor claimed she was not the author of the tweets instead suggesting that her sister may have written them.
A Labour spokesman said: “Councillor Gurbuz has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”
Gurbuz’s suspension is the latest Anti-Semitism storm to hit the Labour party since the co-chairman of its Oxford University club resigned claiming a ‘large proportion’ of its members had a “problem with Jews”.
Over the past weeks, Labour has suspended the deputy chairman of its Woking branch, Vicki Byrne, twice for posting anti-Semitic tweets, and suspended councillor Khadim Hussain, former Lord Mayor of Bradford, for sharing a Facebook post that said: “Your school education system only tells you about Anne Frank and the six million Zionists that were killed by Hitler.”
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Gurbuz told the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism: “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.”
Jonathan Sacerdoti, from the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, told the Mail: “These tweets are anti-Semitic. They appear on Aysegul Gurbuz’s personal account and there is no defence for that.
“Anti-Semitism is rising in Europe and the UK, and the regular anti-Semitic tweets and opinions emanating from the Labour Party have failed to elicit any meaningful response from Jeremy Corbyn. How many more cases must we see before Labour take action?”
Trevor Holden, chief executive of Luton Borough Council, said: “This will be referred as a matter of urgency to the council’s independent standards committee to allow a full investigation to take place.
“The council expects the highest standards of councillors and will not accept any behaviour which could undermine community cohesion.”