Labour MP Naz Shah has stepped down as the parliamentary private secretary to the shadow chancellor over anti-Semitic Facebook posts – but remains on the committee conducting an inquiry into the rise of anti-Semitism.
Shah, who was elected the MP for Bradford West last May, said in a series of social media posts that Israeli Jews should be ‘relocated’ to the US and posted an article likening Zionism to al-Qaeda.
Shah, who has since apologised, stepped down as PPS to John McDonnell. She will remain, however, on the House of Commons home affairs select committee, which is conducting an inquiry into the rise of anti-Semitism.
On Facebook, Shah shared a picture of the outline of Israel superimposed onto a map of the US.
‘Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States,’ read the headline. She commented ‘problem solved.’
The post was shared in 2014, before Shah became an MP. It suggested that the relocation of Israeli Jews to US would allow Palestinians to ‘get their life and their land back.’
After the post was highlighted by Guido Fawkes, Shah apologised.
‘This post from two years ago was made before I was an MP, does not reflect my views and I apologise for any offence it has caused,’ she said.
She added, in a statement, ‘I made these posts at the height of the Gaza conflict in 2014, when emotions were running high around the Middle East conflict. But that is no excuse for the offence I have given, for which I unreservedly apologise.’