2016-05-11 / Mideast

London’s first Muslim mayor attends Yom Hashoah commemoration

The newly elected mayor of London, the first Muslim to hold the position, attended a community program commemorating the Holocaust as his first official public engagement. Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party joined thousands of members of the Jewish community and its supporters for the Yom Hashoah program on Sunday in a local stadium three days after his election.

A self-described moderate Muslim, Khan — the son of a Pakistan-born bus driver — is the city’s first Labour mayor in eight years. Accusations of anti-Semitism have roiled his party in recent months. Khan, who campaigned hard in the Jewish community and has said he will be the “Muslim mayor who will be tough on extremism,” according to the Standard, has criticized his party for not doing enough to fight anti-Semitism. (JTA)

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