UK Labour candidate apologises after saying she would “celebrate deaths” of Netanyahu and Blair

A UK Labour general election candidate has apologised for saying she would “celebrate” the deaths of world leaders, including Tony Blair and Binyamin Netanyahu.

Zarah Sultana wrote on social media in 2015: “Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die.”

In her apology, Ms Sultana said she had been “exasperated by endless cycles of global suffering, violence and needless killing”.

She is contesting the Coventry South seat on next election.

In 2015, Ms Sultana also wrote of her support for “violent resistance by Palestinians”.

She told the BBC the tweets were from a “deleted account dating back several years from when I was a student”.

“This was written out of frustration rather than any malice,” she said in a statement, explaining that her anger had arisen “from decisions by political leaders, from the Iraq War to the killing of over 2,000 Palestinians in 2014, mostly civilians, which was condemned by the United Nations”.

She added: “I do not support violence and I should not have articulated my anger in the manner I did, for which I apologise.”

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