The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) condemns in the strongest terms the despicable and repugnant remarks made by Labour by-election candidate Azhar Ali, alleging that Israel callously sacrificed its citizens to justify an invasion of Gaza. Such reprehensible lies and incendiary rhetoric have no place in civil discourse and must be unequivocally denounced.
Mr. Ali’s outrageous claims, exposed in a damning recording obtained by The Mail on Sunday, reflect a disturbing disregard for truth, decency, and human life. His attempt to malign Israel and cast doubt on its commitment to the safety and security of its citizens is not only abhorrent but also deeply dangerous. It also patently downplays the role of Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organisation, in the massacre of 1,200 Israelis on October 7.
Despite Mr. Ali’s feeble attempt at damage control with a hollow apology to The Mail on Sunday, wherein he purportedly expressed regret for his “deeply offensive, ignorant, and false” comments, the NJA rejects this disingenuous gesture as insincere and insufficient. Such vile and slanderous accusations cannot be absolved with a mere apology; they demand swift and severe consequences.
NJA Managing Director Steve Winston issued a scathing rebuke, declaring, “Mr. Ali’s reprehensible remarks are not only morally bankrupt but also fuel the flames of antisemitism and hatred. Labour’s tolerance of such toxic rhetoric is disgraceful and unacceptable. Immediate expulsion from the party is the only appropriate response.”
The NJA demands that the Labour Party take immediate and decisive action to expel Mr. Ali from its ranks, sending a clear message that antisemitism and hate speech will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Anything short of this would be a reversion to Labour’s recent history of overt antisemitism, most prominently exhibited by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.