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I didn't link Israeli army with ISIS - MP

A LABOUR MP has denied saying that British Jews who joined the Israeli army were no different from British Muslims who joined terror group ISIS.

Yasmin Qureshi was alleged to have made the comment in an interview on Sky News.

But yesterday, the MP for Bolton South East, said: "I made no such claim about the IDF."

She claimed she had been deliberately misquoted on the Internet "to cause mayhem".

In February, Qureshi apologised after comparing the situation in Gaza to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

Her latest denial came after she was quizzed on TV about a "crisis of loyalty".

She said nobody calls into question the loyalty of British Jews joining the Israeli army rather than the British army.

So why, she asked, is it that "just because some Muslim youngsters wrongly go out to fight for a cause that they think is right", it becomes a crisis of loyalty?

Qureshi said that not all British Muslims who went to Iraq and Syria were there to join ISIS.

"Some are doing humanitarian work," she added.

In a Westminster Hall debate earlier this year, Qureshi said: "What has struck me in all this is that the state of Israel was founded because of what happened to the millions and millions of Jews who suffered genocide.

"Their properties, homes and land - everything - were taken away, and they were deprived of rights. Of course, many millions perished.

"It is quite strange that some of the people who are running the state of Israel seem to be quite complacent and happy to allow the same to happen in Gaza."


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