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The Greens are under fire for defying calls to suspend a councilor who claimed Hamas «has the right to defend itself» – as the party says it will «regret the day» it «opens the door» to hard-left and militant pro-Gaza campaigners


The Greens have been warned they are becoming a «dumping ground» for «disgruntled hard-leftists» as well as «nasty Free Palestine hardliners» as fury grows over their refusal to suspend under-fire Leeds city councilor Mothin Ali.

Since his victory last week and a subsequent speech in which he declared «Allahu Akbar» («God is greatest») before ranting about Palestine, questions have been raised about the Greens’ vetting process because of his past controversial remarks.

Ali, a 42-year-old father of three, previously said Hamas «has the right to defend itself» against Israel, a claim Rishi Sunak described as «completely unacceptable».

Mr Ali also called Leeds University Jewish chaplain Zecharia Deutsche a ‘creep’, ‘lowlife’ and ‘beast’ in a social media broadcast earlier this year before the rabbi went into hiding with his family amid death threats.

Speaking to the i paper, Lord Mandelson said: “The Green Party is becoming a cesspool, a bit of a repository, not only for climate activists, but also for disaffected hard-leftists leaving the Labor Party and some quite unpleasant hardliners from Free Palestine as a well.

Fury is growing over the Green Party’s refusal to suspend under-fire Leeds city councilor Mothin Ali

«Everyone is turning to the Greens.» I think the Green Party will rue the day it opened the door to all these people.”

Asked about Mr Ali’s comments yesterday, a spokesman for Mr Sunak said: “It is clear that this individual’s comments are completely unacceptable and have no place in our politics.

«The terrorist attacks that occurred on October 7 cannot be justified.»

But the Gaza campaigner, whose local Green Party conclave is resisting calls for his suspension, insists he does not support violence.

In a statement issued through the Leeds Green Party, the accountant said: “I apologize for any upset caused by my comments regarding the conflict in Gaza.

“That was not my intention.

“Like many people around the world, I have been deeply affected by the terrible conflict currently taking place in Gaza. The International Court of Justice has stated that this conflict amounts to a case of credible genocide.

“I do not support violence on any side: violence leads to more violence and that is what I tried to convey.

«I have consistently called for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages.

“I hope to soon be working with a broad coalition including both Jewish and Muslim Greens to discuss sensible ways of working to communicate our shared passion to end conflict.

“Being chosen to represent the wonderful community of Gipton and Harehills has been one of the proudest moments of my life.

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“The inaccurate reporting and misrepresentation of my acceptance speech has resulted in me being exposed to a lot of hate and hostility.

“I should also clarify that it is not unusual for someone of my faith to use the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ as an expression of gratitude and celebration.

“Some have tried to misrepresent it and to me it suggests Islamophobia.

“I am not a career politician, but I have campaigned for Gipton and Harehills for many years and have been constantly called upon to speak out for those communities and on Palestine, which I will continue to do.

“My campaign has united people from all backgrounds, races and religions to effect change in our local community.

«I will continue the peace work to represent all of our communities over the next four years.»

The Green Party, which shared Mr Ali’s statement, added nationally: “We are fully investigating all the circumstances surrounding this and have nothing to add at this time.

«The Green Party’s commitment to non-violence is absolute.»

Mr Ali called Leeds University Jewish chaplain Zecharia Deutsch a 'creep', a 'life-degrader' and an 'animal'

Mr Ali called Leeds University Jewish chaplain Zecharia Deutsch a ‘creep’, a ‘life-degrader’ and an ‘animal’

Alan Lamb, leader of the Conservative group at Leeds City Council, rejected his apology, telling the Mail: “This man’s actions and antics have left Leeds and City Council in a dangerous place and yet the Greens are completely ignoring it.

“They knew about his views for months, but continued to campaign for him and even celebrated his election victory at the weekend.

“When will he and Green address his vile and anti-Semitic views, such as his comments in the immediate aftermath of the barbaric attacks in October or when he forced a university rabbi and his family into hiding?

“It is absolutely disgraceful and does not reflect well on our great city.

«The Greens group on the city council is ruining its reputation.»

The Greens last night faced fury over their failure to suspend a councilor who launched a hateful tirade against a rabbi.

Mr Ali called the Jewish chaplain at the University of Leeds, Zecharia Deutsche, a ‘creep’, ‘lowlife’ and an ‘animal’.

The councilor was allowed to run for the Greens despite branding Israelis «white supremacists» after Palestinian terror group Hamas killed 1,200 people on October 7 last year. He was filmed shouting ‘Raise the voice of Palestine – Allahu Akbar!’ after he won a seat on the council.

The party faced a number of calls to crack down on him, including from Jewish leaders who accused it of hypocrisy for not distancing itself from his «extremist nonsense». Back in February, Daily Mail columnist Guy Adams presented the Greens with a set of offensive comments by Mr Ali, including a tirade against Rabbi Deutsch, who was later forced into hiding.

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When evidence was presented at the time, the Green Party told this paper it «believed in free speech» and Mr Ali was allowed to stand and win as a councillor. But surprisingly, when Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer was asked about Mr Ali’s offensive remarks in a television interview on Sunday night, he appeared to be unaware of them.

Asked how well the party vets candidates, she declined to comment, saying she «wasn’t familiar with all the details» and «didn’t have the full facts.» She added that the comments sounded «very disturbing» and that she was «making sure they are looked into».

There was still no indication last night that Mr Ali would face a suspension, with the Greens only saying they were «investigating».

Zecharia Deutsch (left) has been branded a

Zecharia Deutsch (left) has been branded a «creeping creature», «lowlife» and «an animal» by a newly elected councillor.

Mothin Ali is fighting for his seat on the council - which he won on Thursday

Mothin Ali is fighting for his seat on the council – which he won on Thursday

It comes as the party faces a showdown with the government’s independent adviser on anti-Semitism, former Labor MP Lord Mann, over candidate vetting. Ahead of a high-level meeting this week, he warned: «Doing nothing is not the solution.»

More than 40 councilors were elected in England last week after the Middle East crisis became part of their campaign, analysis showed.

Mr Ali, a prominent YouTuber who works as an accountant and runs a gardening blog, sparked outrage in February after posting a video targeting Rabbi Deutsche.

He called him ‘kind of an animal’, ‘a creep’, ‘absolutely vile’, ‘absolutely disgusting’ and ‘disgraceful’ and falsely claimed that he had tried to kill women and children in Gaza after temporarily returning to his IDF unit. the October 7 attacks.

The rabbi and his wife and children were forced into hiding after receiving an avalanche of threats. Still, Mr Ali remained the Greens candidate in the Leeds ward of Gipton and Harehills, where last week he celebrated his victory as a «win for the people of Gaza» – a territory he called a «concentration camp».

Leaders of Britain’s Jewish community yesterday condemned the Green Party as «breathtakingly foolish, dangerous and insensitive» for standing by Mr Ali and demanded his immediate suspension.

In an open letter to co-leaders Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay, Leeds Council of Jewish Representatives chairman Simon Myerson KC wrote that Mr Ali had a «substantial history of views that concern the Jewish community».

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Mr Myerson accused the Greens of «hypocrisy» and said it was wrong for the party to continue to associate with Mr Ali.

In an open letter to co-leaders Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay, Leeds Council of Jewish Representatives chairman Simon Myerson KC wrote that Mr Ali had a «substantial history of views that concern the Jewish community».

He accused Mr Ali of trying to justify «rape, murder and kidnapping» and using «anti-Semitic tropes». «I suggest that these matters call into question the very integrity of the Green Party,» Mr Myerson wrote.

An analysis of Thursday's vote suggests more than 40 councilors were elected in England after the conflict became part of their campaign.  Pictured: Councilor Mothin Ali

An analysis of Thursday’s vote suggests more than 40 councilors were elected in England after the conflict became part of their campaign. Pictured: Councilor Mothin Ali

Following the Hamas terror attacks on Israel on October 7 last year, Mr Ali - who runs a gardening blog - branded Israelis

Following the Hamas terror attacks on Israel on October 7 last year, Mr Ali – who runs a gardening blog – branded Israelis «white supremacists» in videos on social media.

He added: «Deliberately using a specific issue that will never be resolved by the election of a local councilor as a major factor in that councillor’s election campaign is purely opportunistic.»

Saying the party had «known about Mr Ali’s views for a considerable period of time», he insisted it was time to act and «formally suspend Mr Ali as a member of the Green Party».

Claudia Mendoza, head of the Jewish Leadership Council, added: “Mr Ali’s record speaks for itself and if the Green Party is serious about tackling anti-Semitism and not just meeting with community leaders, action will be taken. .’

A spokesman for the House of Commons of British Jewry said it was «appalled» that Mr Ali appeared to «glorify and attempt to justify the mass terrorist attack on Israel on 7 October» and said the Greens had «serious questions that need to be addressed reply». The party has not responded to this newspaper’s requests for comment since Mr Ali’s acceptance speech emerged.

But a spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “The Green Party is investigating the issues we raised in relation to Councilor Mothin Ali, so it cannot comment further. However, we are clear that we never support anything that glorifies violence.”

Mr. Ali was also asked to comment. He said he himself had been bombarded with death threats and insisted his video about the Leeds rabbi had «absolutely nothing to do with violence».

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Green councilor Mothin Ali’s comments were «completely unacceptable» and had «no place in our politics».



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