Tan Dhesi accosted by Crowd who called him ‘Zionist Devil’

Labour MP Tan Dhesi was forced to abandon leafleting outside a mosque after a crowd accosted him and called him a “Zionist devil”.

Tan Dhesi accosted by Crowd who called him 'Zionist Devil' f

"Ignore him the way he ignored Palestine"

Labour candidate Tan Dhesi was forced to abandon leafleting outside a mosque after a crowd surrounded him and hurled insults.

Mr Dhesi, who is fighting for re-election as the MP for Slough, was driven off by men who labelled him a “Zionist devil” with “the blood of Palestinian children on his hands”.

Videos on X show Mr Dhesi handing out leaflets to men leaving the Masjid al-Jannah mosque on June 14, 2024.

But as Mr Dhesi tries to hand out leaflets, a group of men hurl insults at the politician while recording the encounter on their phones.

One man shouts: “You’ve got the blood of Palestinian children on your hands, you Zionist devil, get out.”

In another video, a second man accuses Tan Dhesi of supporting “genocide”.

The man says: “He’s a liar! Ignore him the way he ignored Palestine on the ceasefire vote.

“He supports Keir Starmer when Keir Starmer says Israel has the right to kill our brothers and sisters, Israel has the right to starve our brothers and sisters, Israel has the right to cut off electricity to our brothers and sisters… He refused to vote for a ceasefire.”

As well as his verbal attacks, the man calls for people to vote for Azhar Chohan, an independent candidate who is backed by The Muslim Vote.

The man continues: “He ignored Palestine, he supports genocide. Vote Azhar Chohan for Slough.”

After a few minutes, Mr Dhesi and two supporters are forced to leave the area.

One man continues to pursue them down the street, shouting:

“It’s a place of worship, we don’t need Zionist devils like you.

“You’re not welcome, don’t come back here again.

“This guy, he’s got the blood of Palestinian children on his hands… don’t ever come back here again.”

At one point, several men chant: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

Tan Dhesi addressed the incident on X, tweeting:

“Attempts to intimidate, by a small group campaigning for an opponent, won’t deter me from continuing to speak up for all, including for peace in Palestine.

“Grateful to all, especially from our Muslim community, who were appalled by such behaviour and sent messages of support.”

Mr Dhesi received support from figures including Lord Walney, the government’s independent adviser on political violence and disruption, who described the scenes as “disgusting”.

Tan Dhesi previously spoke about how he received death threats in November 2023 after abstaining on a motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Labour changed its position earlier in 2024 to call for an immediate ceasefire.

Lead Editor Dhiren is our news and content editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".



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