UK: Pro-Israel MP Forced to Leave Politics After Death Threats from Islamists
British MP Mike Freer has announced that he would be leaving politics after years of death threats, in part due to his support of Israel.
Last month, Freer’s office was targeted in an arson attack damaging three floors at the back of the building. The MP also narrowly escaped murderer Ali Harbi Ali, who went on to kill Tory MP Sir David Amess in 2021. Before killing Amess, Ali had visited Freer’s constituency office.
Freer cites the near murder, the recent arson attack, and being targeted by the banned Islamist group Muslims Against Crusades, as the reasons for his decision, saying that they “have weighed heavily on me and my husband.”
He added that “these serious incidents are alongside the many ‘low level’ incidents. No MP can operate effectively without the support of their spouse and wider family. Sadly the serious incidents place intolerable stress on them too.”
The MP addressed his constituents, writing: “It will be an enormous wrench to step down, it has been the privilege of my life to serve the wonderfully diverse and vibrant area that is Finchley & Golders Green. Serving the constituents and getting things done is what makes the job worthwhile.”
Freer has been outspoken on Israel and a strong supporter of the Jewish community in his constituency. He said the abuse he faced for challenging antisemitism was “a factor” in his resignation. He went on, “I don't think we can divorce” antisemitism from the intimidation. (INN / VFI News)
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