Outrage over Labor MP’s appointment

Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane. Photo: Twitter

A LABOR politician who described some Israel supporters as a “political lobby group that is cancerous, malicious and seeks to deny, misinform and scaremonger” has been appointed as assistant president of the NSW Legislative Council.

Shaoquett Moselmane, who blocked NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) CEO Vic Alhadeff from entry to a multicultural trade union event last year, also came under fire for tweeting a link to an article on the website of notorious antisemite and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

Moselmane prevailed in a secret ballot against Christian Democratic Party leader Rev Fred Nile to be elected to the parliamentary post on Tuesday.

Last year, former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley twice distanced himself from the Upper House MP’s actions. 

Between 2012 and 2016, Moselmane hosted an annual Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards event at Parliament House to which Jewish media were not invited.

He has also appeared at a rally where Hezbollah flags flew openly and hosted controversial former University of Sydney academic Tim Anderson at Parliament House.

JBOD president Lesli Berger told The AJN, “The Jewish community is appalled at this election, given the litany of problematic comments and behaviour Mr Moselmane has indulged in over the years regarding the community.”

Full coverage in this week’s AJN.