Just when it was thought he’d shed his anti-Semitic ways, Lord Nazir Ahmed, the disgraced member of the British House of Lords and former member of the Labour Party, reportedly did it again.
Iranian Press TV reported Friday that Ahmed blamed the “Zionist lobby” for the decision of international satellite providers to ban the broadcasts of several Iranian news outlets, including Press TV.
“Freedom of speech, and freedom of expression and freedom of media should be universal and it’s very unfortunate that the Zionist lobby does not like Press TV and many of the other outlets of Iran and that’s why, the pressure is so much that they need to be switched off,” Ahmed was quoted as saying.
One of England’s first Muslim men to be appointed to the House of Lords, Lord Ahmed was suspended in March from his party after he allegedly placed the blame for his dangerous driving conviction on a Jewish conspiracy.
Soon after he was suspended, the Pakistani-born Ahmed “completely and unreservedly” apologized to the Jewish community for his remarks. In an interview at the time with Huffington Post UK, Ahmed said that he had “the greatest respect” for the Jewish community.
Ahmed resigned from his party in May, days before a scheduled hearing over his anti-Semitic remarks. At the time, his attorney said that he did not believe that the Labour Party would have given his client a fair hearing.
On Christmas day in 2007, Ahmed was driving a car that hit and killed 28-year-old Martyn Gombar near Rotherdam, England. Lord Ahmed, who admitted sending and receiving text messages two minutes before the crash, was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail in 2009, but served 16 days.