Lucianna Berger is a well known Zionist who has supported the cause of Israel for many years and is currently the Director of the Labour of Friends of Israel. Moreover, on her website Ms Berger has, as one of her "favourite sites" the Neo-Cons at "Harry's Place", which currently has an article running saying "the Quran is a problem"
Imagine my surprise when I establish that Ms Berger is the Labour Party candidate for next years local elections in the London Borough of Camden where she is standing in St Pancras and Sommers Town ward. According to the 2001 census the ward has a Muslim population of 22.9%. The Jewish population is 0.8%. What on earth was the Camden CLP thinking of when it selected her and where were the Muslim members of that branch on the night of her selection?
Interestingly, the Camden Labour Party fail to mention the word Israel on their website promoting Lucianna Berger. Guess what they say, "Lucianna is Director of an organisation concerned with Middle East Policy".
Recently, Councillor Syed Hoque resigned from the Camden Labour Party and joined the Lib Dems citing as one of his reasons the Labour Govt's silence on the massacre of Palestinians by Israelis in Gaza. You can read his full statement here. London Muslim disagrees with Cllr Hoque's decision as I believe he should have fought his cause within the Camden Labour group and help keep the likes of Berger out. However, as a Muslim I salute you Sir for putting the people of Gaza first.
London Muslim urges Muslims in Camden and more widely in London to be aware this is how Zionists begin their journey into Parliament, ironically on the back of Muslim votes. When asked by the Daily Telegraph how she responded to predictions of one day being a future Prime Minister, her response was "yes, I'm ambitious".
Lets hope all the Muslim organisations, community centres and Mosques in Camden have a healthy debate about the merits of being represented by the likes of "ambitious" Lucianna Berger.