Senior Walsall Labour councillor quits after investigation into ‘abhorrent’ Hitler post

Khizar Hussain and Hitler post

Senior Walsall Labour councillor quits after investigation into ‘abhorrent’ Hitler post

GB News
Charlie Peters

By Charlie Peters

Published: 14/11/2023

- 21:57

Updated: 14/11/2023

- 21:57

Deputy Leader Khizar Hussain resigned hours after suspension for post exposed by GB News comparing Netanyahu to Hitler

A senior Labour councillor has quit the party hours after he was suspended for an “abhorrent” social media post he allegedly uploaded comparing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Hitler.

Khizar Hussain — who was already under investigation after a GB News investigation exposed his sectarian chanting and leafleting against a minority Muslim group — was the deputy leader of the Labour group in Walsall until his suspension and resignation last night.

The post, allegedly uploaded late last week to Mr Hussain’s WhatsApp story, depicts Nazi leader Adolf Hitler wearing a mask of the Israeli politician.

The shocking graphic is captioned: “Truly evil people don’t just hurt others, they take pride in the pain they cause and then try to blame their victims.”

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The alleged social media incident follows a separate comparison between Israel and Nazi Germany by another former Labour councillor, Hajran Bashir, who also quit the party after being suspended following a GB News report.

A whistleblower from the West Midlands town sent this broadcaster screenshots of Mr Hussain’s alleged post.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism told GB News: “This post is abhorrent, and does nothing but divide communities at a very sensitive time. The image is a clear breach of the International Definition of Antisemitism, which has been adopted by the Labour Party.

It added: “We welcome the suspension, but clearly there is a wider cultural issue within the Walsall Council Labour Group, which the Party must investigate.”

Khizar Hussain and Aftab Nawaz with Sir Keir StarmerKhizar Hussain and Aftab Nawaz with Sir Keir StarmerGB News

Yesterday, a Labour source told GB News that the party was aware of the screenshot, and Cllr Hussain had been administratively suspended pending an investigation.

The same source confirmed that he later lost his role as deputy leader of the Labour group.

Soon after his suspension, Mr Hussain quit Labour with immediate effect, writing in a resignation letter that the party was “not safe for anyone with Muslim beliefs.”

He slammed Keir Starmer and local MP Valerie Vaz for not supporting a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, adding “the Muslim community is being played by the Labour Party.”

Khizar Hussain resignation letter\u200b

Khizar Hussain resignation letter

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The former councillor complained about the ongoing investigation into his allegedly sectarian chanting, sparked by a GB News report, but did not mention his alleged post comparing Netanyahu with Hitler.

Mr Hussain did not respond to our request for comment.

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