London’s Muslim mayor hit with anti-Semitic abuse for opposing Corbyn
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London’s Muslim mayor hit with anti-Semitic abuse for opposing Corbyn

Sadiq Khan trolled with racist tirades on social media after declining to support UK Labour party leader's reelection campaign

Sadiq Khan, the victorious Labour Party candidate for London mayor, and his wife Saadiya Khan, pose for photographers after voting in the elections on Thursday, May 5, 2016. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg, via JTA)
Sadiq Khan, the victorious Labour Party candidate for London mayor, and his wife Saadiya Khan, pose for photographers after voting in the elections on Thursday, May 5, 2016. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg, via JTA)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a European capital city, has been bombarded with anti-Semitic messages since he said he would not support Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election.

Several of the messages suggested that he had been influenced by Jews, the London-based news website Jewishnews.uk reported.

The mayor “spends his time writing articles to help his masters in Tel Aviv,” read one tweet.

“Who owns you @sadiqkhan?” read another, which included a photo of Khan wearing a kippah while eating matzah at a Jewish community event.

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn meets supporters and members of the media after attending a meeting of Labour's National Executive Committee in London on July 12, 2016. (AFP/Chris Ratcliffe)
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn meets supporters and members of the media after attending a meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee in London on July 12, 2016. (AFP/Chris Ratcliffe)

Last week, Khan threw his support behind Owen Smith, who has been a Parliament member since 2010 and is Corbyn’s only challenger for the party leadership. Smith previously worked as a radio and television producer for the BBC.

Khan, a Labour member, wrote an op-ed published Saturday in The Guardian newspaper in support of Smith. He said in the London-based daily that if Corbyn remained party leader, Labour would be unlikely to win the next general election. Khan also said Corbyn “has already proved that he is unable to organize an effective team, and has failed to win the trust and respect of the British people.”

In a June op-ed in The Jerusalem Post, Kahn pledged to root out anti-Semitism in London and in the Labour Party.

Some 500,000 ballots for the leadership race were sent out to party members on Monday; the results will be announced next month.

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