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Edmonton NDP hopeful to protest after being disqualified by Israel comments

Syed Hyder Ali said he was only repeating what Amnesty International has said about the country’s invasion of Gaza in 2014.

Syed Hyder Ali wanted to be the candidate for the NDP in Edmonton – Wetaskiwin, but was prevented from running for saying anti-Israeli things on his Facebook page.

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Syed Hyder Ali wanted to be the candidate for the NDP in Edmonton – Wetaskiwin, but was prevented from running for saying anti-Israeli things on his Facebook page.

A prospective NDP candidate, who was turned down by the party for his views on Israel, is promising to protest at the party’s upcoming nomination meeting.

Syed Hyder Ali had hoped to run for the party in Edmonton Wetaskiwin, but after a long period of silence the party asked him to withdraw his name earlier this month. He said he refused and when he pushed to find out why the party didn’t want him they pointed to Facebook posts where he said the state of Israel was guilty of war crimes.  

Ali said he was only repeating what Amnesty International has said about the country’s invasion of Gaza in 2014.

“These comments are not because I am a Muslim. They are because I am a human rights activist,” said Ali.

On his Facebook page he accused the party of being blind on the issue.

“NDP has been hijacked by pro-Israel mafia. It was New Democratic Party under leadership of Jack Layton, now it has become Non Democratic Party under leadership of Thomas Mulcair.”

He said he has been an ardent party supporter for years and doesn’t believe his views on one issue should prevent him from running.    

“I believe in social democracy. I believe in the leadership of Jack Layton. I am in this party because of Jack Layton,” he said.

He is promising that supporters will protest the party’s nomination meeting in Leduc on Aug. 17.

He said Canada should be open to criticizing both sides of the conflict and not just one.

“Be just. Be neutral. Be democratic.”

He said he is well aware the Conservative campaign would have used his Facebook posts against him if he had been nominated as the candidate, but other parties dig into every candidate's past to criticize them.

“Are they also going to throw Tom Mulcair out of a nomination race?”