Islam 101’ers are a tricky lot…..
Mr Zaffar walked out on his first wife, British national Miss Begum, 37, in 2010 and sent her a controversial Islamic ‘divorce’ in the post without any warning.
He obtained the document – which is not recognised under English law – from an imam operating from a terraced house in Birmingham.
Such documents – which are rarely issued and frowned upon by most Muslims – can be obtained by men without the knowledge or consent of their wives from specific mosques or Sharia courts.
A man simply states ‘talaq’ – meaning ‘I divorce thee’ – three times.
It suffices to say that women are not afforded the same privilege as the men, they just expected to sit under their freedom bag and take it.
Labour councillor who called Israel a ‘terrorist state’ and was married to two women at the same time is appointed equality chief in Birmingham
- Councillor Waseem Zaffar is member for Transparency, Openness, Equality
- He has questionable attitudes towards women and ‘anti-Semitic’ views
- The 34-year-old described the ‘Zionist Israeli government’ as ‘terrorists’
A Labour politician who was married to two women at the same time and describes Israel as a ‘terrorist state’, has been appointed to oversee equality in Birmingham the Mail can reveal.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar has been selected as the new cabinet member for Transparency, Openness and Equality for Birmingham City Council – tasked with ensuring it is being fair and honest.
This is despite his questionable attitudes towards women and his ‘anti-Semitic’ views.
A Labour politician who was married to two women at the same time and describes Israel as a ‘terrorist state’, has been appointed to oversee equality in Birmingham (pictured) the Mail can reveal
The Labour politician and magistrate married teacher Ayesha Imdad in a lavish Islamic ceremony in 2014 while still being married to his first wife, Faraz Begum, we revealed last year.
The Mail has now discovered videos of Mr Zaffar, 34, online, describing the ‘Zionist Israeli government’ as ‘terrorists’ at a pro-Palestine demonstration.
At the rally, at which he is one of the lead speakers, he shouts: ‘If you want to know what extremism and terrorism is, you go and look at what the Israelis are doing to those civilians in Palestine.’
He calls on crowds – who repeatedly chant ‘Israel is a terrorist state’ – to ‘stand up in solidarity’ against ‘something that can only be described as state supported terrorism by this Zionist Israeli government.’
At the event on 25 July 2014, other unknown speakers call on local Labour MP, John Spellar, to step down for being ‘a Zionist’.
The crowd then chants ‘John Spellar shame on you’. Mr Zaffar is out of focus in the footage, so it is not known if he joined in the chants against his fellow Labour politician. Mr Spellar wished not to comment.
Mr Zaffar’s comments will raise further questions about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, which last month suspended MP Naz Shah and ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone following their anti-Semitic comments.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘This is outrageous’
MPs and campaigners last night called for Mr Zaffar to be removed from his new post and suspended from the Labour Party.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘This is outrageous – while other people have been kicked out of the Labour party for holding these kinds of views, Waseem Zaffar has been given a cabinet job.
‘Labour promised to root out anti-Semitism, but as every day passes it looks more and more like the party is determined to sweep it under the carpet.’
Board of Deputies of British Jews Vice President Mar van der Zyl said someone with such ‘inflammatory and divisive’ views should never have been appointed to such a role and called for Mr Zaffar’s suspension.