Outrage as Muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets (London) orders Palestinian flag to fly over town hall

Outrage as Muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets orders the Palestinian flag to fly over town hall ‘in solidarity with Gaza’

  • Lutfur Rahman ordered move ‘in support of a ceasefire and peace’
  • Move risks angering Jewish community in the east London borough 
  • Critics say the council should concentrate on ‘bins and potholes’ 
  • Tory chairman Grant Shapps condemns ’empty, flag-waving gesture politics’
  • Follows rows about Palestinian flags at town halls in Bradford and Preston
  • David Cameron announces an extra £3million in humanitarian aid for Gaza 
  • Prime Minister blames Hamas for repeatedly breaking ceasefires with Israel 

By MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR

Tower Hamlets’s Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman sparked a storm of protest tonight after raising the Palestinian flag over the town hall ‘in solidarity with Gaza’.

Barely 24 hours after it emerged Mr Rahman is to face trial over claims he committed widespread voting fraud, he ordered the flag to fly ‘in support of a ceasefire and peace’.

Jewish leaders condemned the move as ‘destructive’ for community relations as local residents said the council should concentrate on ‘potholes and bins’ and not international conflicts.

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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman tweeted this photo of the Palestinian flag flying outside the town hall

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman tweeted this photo of the Palestinian flag flying outside the town hall

The controversial politician said he had taken the decision to fly the flag ¿in solidarity with Gaza¿

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps condemned the 'empty, flag-waving gesture politics'

Mr Lutfur said he had taken the decision to fly the flag ‘in solidarity with Gaza’ but Tory party chairman Grant Shapps condemned the ’empty, flag-waving gesture politics’

Mr Rahman was a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party and was its candidate to be the first directly elected mayor of the borough in 2010.

But he was expelled from the Labour party after allegations surfaced about his close links with an Islamic extremist group called the Islamic Forum of Europe.

He is accused of using illegal tactics to win the mayoral election in Tower Hamlets, East London, in May.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710998/Tower-Hamlets-Mayor-Lutfur-Rahman-orders-Palestinian-flag-fly-town-hall-solidarity-Gaza.html#ixzz39FzA1s9E
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