The Shadow business secretary, Jonathan Reynolds has said it was not acceptable to equate the Holocaust to the situation in Gaza.
Reynolds said this while reacting to the comment made by the suspended British-Nigerian Minister, MP Kate Osamar on the ongoing war between Isreal and Gaza.
It would be recalled that Osamar was suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party pending an investigation after she accused Israel of committing ‘genocide’ on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.
She is the MP for Edmonton.
Osamar had shared a photograph of herself at a Holocaust Educational Trust event.
The minister sparked outrage after claiming in her weekly newsletter that Gaza should be added to the list of ‘recent genocides.’
She wrote: “Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day, an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of other people murdered under Nazi persecution of other groups and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and now Gaza.”
The minister later tweeted an apology “for any offence caused by my reference to the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Gaza as part of that period of remembrance “.
Meanwhile, the Holocaust Educational Trust described her remarks as a “painful insult to survivors of the Holocaust.”
The Board of Deputies of British Jews called her comment “disgraceful”, while the Jewish Leadership Council accused her of abusing HMD to attack the Jewish state.
The suspension has raised discussions about the boundaries of political speech and the complexities of addressing sensitive historical and contemporary issues in international politics.