British-Nigerian Minister Kate Osamor has been suspended by the UK Parliament after accusing Israel of genocide on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. In her newsletter, Osamor suggested adding Gaza to the list of recent genocides, sparking outrage.
Osamor later apologized on social media, clarifying that Holocaust Memorial Day is to remember the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. However, her remarks led to swift action by the Chief Whip, suspending her pending investigation.
Various organizations, including the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Labour Movement, criticized Osamor’s comments. The controversy unfolded amid Israel’s actions in Gaza, with the International Court of Justice delivering an interim ruling urging measures to prevent genocidal acts. Osamor’s suspension highlights the sensitivity surrounding discussions on Israel and Palestine.