The candidate representing Britain’s Conservative Celebration for mayor of London claimed Monday that the present mayor, Sadiq Khan, is “divisive” and that members of the British Jewish neighborhood are “afraid” of him.
Talking on the Conservative Associates of Israel occasion in Manchester, Susan Corridor mentioned: “I’ll ask for as a lot assist as I can get in London as a result of we’ve got to beat him. Particularly for our Jewish neighborhood.”
“I understand how scared a bit of the neighborhood is due to Sadiq Khan’s divisive perspective,” she mentioned.
Nevertheless, in keeping with Sky Information, her feedback instantly drew condemnation from the neighborhood, with many describing them as “despicable” and an instance of “dog-whistle politics”.
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British Jewish organizations have launched statements denouncing Corridor’s feedback and expressing their assist for Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor of Pakistani descent. The Council of Deputies of British Jews confirmed that Khan has persistently approached the Jewish neighborhood ‘with friendship and respect’.
As well as, Jewish Labor Celebration MP Margaret Hodge mentioned: “Khan has all the time denounced anti-Semitism wherever it originated.”
Mike Katz, the chairman of Jewish Labor, mentioned Corridor was “despicable, ignorant and unsuitable” and urged her to apologise.
“Sadiq has persistently gone out of his method to work with the Jewish neighborhood. He supported Jewish Labor after we spoke out about anti-Semitism inside Labour,” he mentioned.
“For Susan Corridor to attempt to use this as a canine whistle is despicable. She ought to apologize.”
In response to a query from Sky Information about whether or not she would apologize for her feedback in response to the criticism, she claimed: “I’ll by no means apologize for advocating on behalf of our Jewish neighborhood.”
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