Bury councillor backs charter

LABOUR councillor Tamoor Tariq "fully understands" the complexities of the issues relating to Israel and the Palestinians.

The councillor for Redvale, Bury, told the Jewish Telegraph last month that he "would not work with the North West Friends of Israel".

Yet he has now signed the organisation's Charter for Israel.

NWFoI co-chairman Raphi Bloom said: "The charter emphasises the need for a two-state solution, denounces terror attacks on Israeli civilians, rejects the notion of Israel as an apartheid state and makes it clear that Jews in the UK should not be attacked for Israel's actions.

"The signing of this shows he is sincere in his apology.

"By joining more than 350 MPs, councillors and political candidates who have also signed it, and having apologised for his earlier actions, Councillor Tariq has certainly done what is necessary to rectify the situation.

"NWFoI, together with various representative Jewish bodies who worked with us to achieve this solution, look forward to working with Cllr Tariq in the future in our common goal of trying to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians."

Cllr Tariq apologised for tweeting that former education secretary Michael Gove was a 'Zionist' in a derogatory manner.

The charter states that Cllr Tariq will "express my support for the fair and balanced treatment of Israel at home and aboard".

North West Friends of Israel member Bernie Yaffe said: "We cannot give up on people like him and need to continue to educate as far as possible and send a strong signal that the Jewish community will not tolerate language or behaviour that can clearly be construed as antisemitic.

"Timing has never been better for us on this considering the 'sham' Chakrabarti recommendations and subsequent Select Committee report which supports our point of view."

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