A LABOUR Councillor who is also a practising magistrate has been placed under official investigation over social media posts calling for the violent annihilation of Israel.
Cllr Abdul Khayum, who sits on Sheffield City Council, is being investigated by Labour over a series of shocking posts, including the sharing of a pro-Islamic terrorist video that depicts graphic violence and reads: “O Allah, destroy Israel. O Allah, have mercy on us Muslims.”
Another post shared a picture of a group holding the Palestinian flag and treading on the Israeli flag. The caption appeared to read: “Even the real Jews are anti-Zionists.”
A spokesperson for the Labour Party said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”
Meanwhile, Sheffield City Council refused to confirm whether its officials were probing the Facebook postings. The council’s code of conduct states members “must not conduct yourself in a manner which would reasonably be regarded as bringing your authority into disrepute.”
“All complaints received are taken seriously,” said Gillian Duckworth, director of legal and governance at Sheffield City Council.
“We are unable to confirm details of any complaint or individuals identified in order to protect all affected parties.”