Two federal NDP candidates resign after anti-Semitic social media posts spark backlash

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says anti-Semitic comments by two of his party’s candidates who resigned were “completely wrong.” “Anti-Semitism is real,” Singh said during a campaign stop in Essex, Ont. “We’re seeing a scary rise in anti-Semitism, and we are unequivocally opposed, and we’ll confront it.” The party confirmed Wednesday that Dan Osborne, the candidate for the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester, and Sidney Coles, the candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s, ended their campaigns and “agreed to educate themselves further about anti-Semitism.” Singh said anti-Semitism has no place in his party and the candidates made the right decision to resign. “In addition, they’re talking about the importance of getting training,” Singh said. Coles, who has since deleted her Twitter account, was reported to have posted misinformation about Israel being linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines. Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, a non-profit human rights organization, shared images purportedly from Coles’ account over the weekend. Coles later apologized on social media. […] “I want to offer an apology,” Osborne tweeted Sunday.

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