Headache for Corbyn as Labour picks candidate who edited paper which ran ...

One of Labour's candidates for next month's council elections is the former editor of a journal repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism, it has been revealed. 

Sameh Habeeb, who founded and once edited The Palestine Telegraph, has been selected as the party's candidate for the May 3 elections in Northwood, London.  

The Community Security Trust (CST), a government-backed organisation that protects Jews from attacks, has previously rebuked Mr Habeeb and the journal he edited for publishing 'vile anti-Semitic cartoons' and 'Holocaust denial' content.

Sameh Habeeb, who founded and once edited The Palestine Telegraph, has been selected as the party's candidate for the May 3 elections in Northwood, London

Sameh Habeeb, who founded and once edited The Palestine Telegraph, has been selected as the party's candidate for the May 3 elections in Northwood, London

But speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, which revealed his candidacy, Mr Habeeb said there was 'no credibility whatsoever' in the claims made against him.

He also emphasised he did not agree with the offensive articles mentioned and removed them 'promptly'. 

He added: 'I have never been anti-Semitic. I was expecting this - it's normal that any pro-Israelis wouldn't want any pro-Palestinians to run in the May election.'  

Labour MP Louise Ellman - the former chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement - said it was 'deeply disturbing' Mr Habeeb had been selected to stand for the party.

She added: 'I'm amazed that Labour Party procedures could allow someone with a record like this to slip through the net. 

'It brings the Labour Party into disrepute and makes a mockery of Jeremy Corbyn's promise to tackle anti-Semitism.'

In 2010, Mr Habeeb was recorded telling Leeds University's student paper that the mainstream media is 'certainly pro-Israeli', adding: 'I think you have to ask yourself who controls the media.'

In a follow-up piece titled 'How many antisemitic themes can you fit into one website?', CST wrote that Mr Habeeb's reply 'hints at the well-known canard about Jewish or Zionist media control, which has been a staple of anti-Semitic

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