Sadiq Khan London’s Mayor

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Financial Times: “London elected a Muslim mayor on Friday, in a remarkable triumph over the racial and religious tensions that have bedevilled other European capitals.

The historic moment — Sadiq Khan is the first directly elected Muslim mayor of an important western city — is being scrutinised around the world, particularly in European countries struggling to integrate Muslim communities.

The win reaffirms London’s multicultural image at a time of rising populist fervour in Europe and the US.”

Opinion: Sadiq Khan is described as a moderate progressive politician from humble Muslim origins who defeated the son of a billionaire of Jewish origin.

To get a sense of the mayor’s position on the Israeli/Palestinian /Hamas conflict, I found the mayor’s own words regarding the 2014 Israel–Gaza war, also known as Operation Protective Edge:

Over the past month we have seen the continuation of Israeli air strikes and ground raids in Gaza, and repeated rocket fire from Gaza into Southern Israel. There continue to be appalling and inexcusable acts of violence on both sides.”

This violence must end. Israel needs to recognise that its long term security depends on a willingness to take part in peaceful and substantive negotiations and, in turn, Palestinians must negotiate in good faith if we are to restore hope of a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.”

“Both sides, regional players and the international community – including the UK Government – share a profound moral duty to do everything possible to end this loss of life and help create the conditions to give the children of Israelis and Palestinians alike a future filled with hope, not conflict.

Moral equivalence is the same on both sides of the pond.

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