A LABOUR candidate who courted controversy for saying she would celebrate the death of Tony Blair has now been accused of using anti-white slurs.
Zarah Sultana, who is standing for Coventry South, reportedly referred to a Jewish student as YT, a slang used against white people, while she was a student at Birmingham University.
In one Facebook post about a Jewish student, Sultana wrote: “I can’t believe this YT thinks she can represent us. “
In 2015, Sultana posted on Twitter: “Yay, the white woman didn’t win the Ethnic Minorities Officer Election! “
She has also reportedly criticised the police and the monarchy.
In 2014, she posted: “Can we get rid of the monarchy while we’re fighting the establishment and its institutions? Viva la revolucion! “
In another tweet, she said: “Solidarity with those protesting in London right now. Keep safe from the thugs that are the police. “
On Monday, Sultana apologised for saying she would celebrate the deaths of Blair and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a statement, Sultana said they were from a “deleted account dating back several years from when I was a student”.
She also said the tweets were written out of frustration and not hatred or malice.
“This was written out of frustration rather than any malice,” she said in a statement. Her anger had arisen “from decisions by political leaders, from the Iraq War to the killing of over 2,000 Palestinians in 2014, mostly civilians, which was condemned by the United Nations”.
She added: “I do not support violence and I should not have articulated my anger in the manner I did, for which I apologise.”
Senior Labour leaders have criticised Sultana and some have even urged to stand down instead of contesting in the upcoming election.
Former Labour MP Michael Foster said: “You will ruin Jeremy’s chances of becoming PM. Just go and take your poison with you.”
Labour member Damian Gannon said Sultana should stand down instead of contesting in the December election. “I, and I hope every other Labour Party member in Coventry, am fuming about these revelations. This is so serious, we are so much better than this,” he was quoted as saying.
He added: “She should stand down. Coventry is the city of peace and reconciliation we can’t have candidates calling for violent resistance and saying she would celebrate the deaths of world leaders.”