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Labour suspends three councillors over Israel comments

Labour has suspended three councillors over controversial messages posted on social media, in the latest development in a party row over alleged anti-semitism.

Burnley councillor Shah Hussain; Blackburn with Darwen councillor Salim Mulla; and Nottingham City councillor Ilyas Aziz were all suspended pending investigation.

The suspensions come a day after Jeremy Corbyn claimed Labour is "united" in fighting anti-semitism and all forms of racism at a May Day rally.

The row began last week following the suspension of Labour MP Naz Shah and highly-controversial comments made by Ken Livingstone linking Hitler and Zionism.

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Labour suspends third councillor

Labour has suspended its third councillor in a day over controversial posts about Israel on social media.

Burnley councillor Shah Hussain has been suspended pending investigation after allegedly telling an Israeli footballer on Twitter "you and your country" are "doing exactly the same thing that Hitler did", referring to violence against Palestinians.

His suspension follows that of Salim Mulli, ex-mayor of Blackburn, and Nottingham City councillor Ilyas Aziz.

Mr Hussain has told the Press Association he will fight the suspension, and added: "If Jewish people find it offensive then I think they need to think about what the rest of the world thinks."

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