A UK Member of Parliament has been forced to resign from an advisory role for an Internet posting she made prior to being elected an MP in 2014, where she implied that US support for Israel was so strong that they might as well relocate the Holy Land to North America.
Naz Shah, who is the Labour MP for Bradford West, has quit as the aide to UK opposition chief finance spokesman, John McDonnell, saying she is sorry for the posting on Facebook. The posting showed Israel super-imposed on North American with the words, “Problem solved.”
Naz Shah stated why she felt the need to resign. “I deeply regret the hurt I have caused by comments I made on social media before I was elected as an MP,” she said. “I made these comments at the height of the Gaza conflict in 2014, when emotions were high around the Middle East conflict.”
Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert Jonathan Bishop, who is a candidate for the Welsh Assembly, says he is disgusted that Naz Shah has felt the need to resign. “The fact is, until the brave intervention of US Secretary of State John Kerry, US policy towards Israel was far too support for many people’s liking,” he said. “The 9/11 Commission heard evidence from US officials that the 9/11 attacks were retaliation for US support for Israel, and on that basis Naz Shah should not have resigned simply for portraying the feeling of many people through satirical imagery.”
Naz Shah justified her need to resign. “In recognition for that offence (caused by the image) I have stepped down from my role as PPS to the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell,” she said. “I will be seeking to expand my existing engagement and dialogue with the Jewish community organisations, and will be stepping up my efforts to combat all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism.”
Jonathan Bishop’s research paper, “The role of affective computing for improving situation awareness in unmanned aerial vehicle operations: A US perspective,” which explores US foreign policy in the Middle East has been published by IGI Global in the book, Synthesizing Human Emotion in Intelligent Systems and Robotics, which was edited by Jordi Vallverdú.