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Councillor apologises after racist video is shared on his personal FaceBook page

A councillor from Birmingham has apologised after a racist video produced by a former leader of the Klu Klux Klan was shared on his Facebook account.

Labour councillor Zafar Iqbal admitted the content was shared on his social media profile but says he has no idea how it got there.

A video created by the former leader of the KKK was shared on Zafar Iqbal's FaceBook page Credit: BPM Media

I know that this type of content could cause deep offence and I apologise to anyone who was affected by seeing this material.

– Cllr Zafar Iqbal

Labour said any allegations of racism will be looked at.

The film, called "CNN, Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix!", was produced by David Duke, a former Imperial Wizard of US white supremacist movement the Klu Klux Klan.

The description in the post from Cllr Iqbal's Facebook account states that it "reveals how the Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking."

While "Zionist" is sometimes used to refer to the state of Israel, the idea that Jews are part of a "Zionist" conspiracy to control institutions across the world is an anti-Semitic allegation which was has been used to demonise Jews.

The video called Credit: Screenshot

In a statement cllr Iqbal said: "I have no recollection of sharing this video and have no idea how it was shared on my Facebook page.

"Anyone that interacts with me on social media knows that I would never knowingly share any racist, abusive or anti-Semitic content.

"Nevertheless – I accept that this content was for a period active on my Facebook page and it is now been deleted.

He continued:

"I know that this type of content could cause deep offence and I apologise to anyone who was affected by seeing this material.

"There is no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party or in our society – and I will continue to work closely with groups of all faiths in Birmingham against racism and prejudice."

– Cllr Zafar Iqbal

A West Midlands Labour Party spokesman said:

The Labour Party treats all allegations of anti-semitism, racism, intimidation or abuse very seriously. Any evidence of such behaviour will be looked at and action will be taken when relevant.

"We don’t comment on individuals’ membership status.

– Labour Party, West Midlands representative

Cllr Iqbal is a Labour councillor in South Yardley. He also was appointed a Justice of Peace at Solihull Magistrates Court in 2007, and received an MBE in 2008 for services to education and the community.