Labour election candidate Zarah Sultana would celebrate the deaths of Benjamin Netanyahu

Published on 6 November 2019 by BrickTop

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A Labour candidate said she would ‘celebrate’ the deaths of Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Zarah Sultana, who is standing for Coventry South, also wrote of her support for ‘violent resistance’ by Palestinians and used the hash tag ‘extremistmuslim’ online. In one of the posts, Miss Sultana, a paid member of staff for Labour, took issue with the suggestion that it was wrong to ‘celebrate the death of any person regardless of what they did’. The former Birmingham University student wrote ‘Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die.’

In posts uncovered by the Jewish Chronicle, she added: ‘The sooner they meet their creator the better. The concepts of justice and accountability don’t truly exist in this life. Only in the next.’ Miss Sultana, who supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel, also changed a post she had made about the Palestinian right to ‘non-violent resistance’. She wrote: ‘Best believe that was an error and I meant to write “violent resistance”.’ She added the tag ‘#signsofanextremistMuslim’

Miss Sultana, who sat on the national executive of Young Labour and the national executive council of the National Union of Students, was also criticised for attacking a Jewish student who attempted to stand as a black and minority ethnic student leader, branding them ‘white’. In the March, the Unite union representative wrote: ‘Everyone sees how problematic it is for white people to run for positions representing BME students. Except white people.’