A number of British Jewish voices came out in support of Naz Shah MP today after her apology and suspension yesterday from Labour.
Her former Facebook posts were widely criticised for their anti-semitic nature.
The Jewish Labour Movement group issued a statement yesterday:
Naz Shah is a politician who is clearly on a political journey, from a Respect firebrand in the choppy waters of local Bradford politics to the Labour Party. She courageously stood up to George Galloway’s bigotry at the General Election. However, her historic remarks and posting were repugnant and completely unacceptable.
Her contrition expressed over the past day seems to be genuine and sincere. This is part of that journey. We are optimistic that she will now take steps to deepen her understanding of Jewish identity. We do not ask or expect her to mute her criticism of the actions and policies of the Israeli government. We do ask and expect her to build upon her apology and contrition with a programme of education and action that includes standing up to anti-Semitism on the left and within the Palestine Solidarity Movement.
This afternoon, the Ham And High reported that Rabbi Janner-Klausner said she didn’t believe Naz Shah was anti-semitic, and wanted to take her to Israel to show her a different side to the country
I’m certain that she is up for change and learning, and from the point of view of a modelling change in Britain, that is excellent. If only we could all do that in our lives because we know that racism and as and homophobia are all out there.
I would love to take Naz to Israel and to the territories not just to the Holocaust Museum, just down to the street or to hang out in a café because that’s how you learn about normality.
She got support from newspaper commentators too.
When somebody does something wrong or stupid, and then apologises fully, it seems perverse not to welcome their apology. #NazShah
— David Aaronovitch (@DAaronovitch) April 27, 2016
…and some local support
Local support for Naz Shah MP pic.twitter.com/HS8xhbVnJH
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) April 28, 2016
An investigation is still pending, however