MARGARET HODGE has been labelled “a disgrace” for comparing a Labour disciplinary investigation into her conduct to how Jews were treated in nazi Germany.
The Jewish Labour MP made the “sickening” comparison when she learned she would be investigated for calling party leader Jeremy Corbyn a “fucking anti-semite and a racist.”
She told Sky News that the investigation, which was dropped, made her think “what it felt like to be a Jew in Germany in the 30s” and that she felt “as if they were coming for me.”
The former minister’s comments have led to a furious backlash.
Black activist Marc Wadsworth, who was expelled from Labour on far lesser charges, told the Star: “How about me making comparisons about slavery and the African holocaust?
“These are inappropriate comparisons … She is well aware of the potency of what she is implying, but her rhetoric is irresponsible.
“There is a debate to be had about anti-semitism, but that should not be used as a weapon.”
Mr Wadsworth added that he does not want a Hodge v Wadsworth debate, but he pointed to the potential double standards within Labour, in that there appears to be one rule for privileged MPs and another for ordinary party members.
Jewish Socialist Group member David Rosenberg said: “There is a very thin line of morality between those who cheapen, trivialise and abuse the memory of what happened to Jews in nazi Germany and those sick enough to deny it altogether.
“Margaret Hodge is a disgrace. She told Sky News that the complaint that was made against her by a third-party witness after her foul-mouthed tirade against Jeremy Corbyn made her think about the treatment of Jews in nazi Germany. Her comments are sickening.”
A Labour statement said: “Jeremy is determined to tackle anti-semitism in the Labour Party, so Jewish people feel it is a warm and welcoming home.
“The comparison of the Labour Party’s disciplinary process to nazi Germany is so extreme and disconnected from reality, it diminishes the seriousness of the issue of anti-semitism.
“We all need to work together to build support and confidence in the Labour Party among Jewish communities in Britain.”
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