Lord Ahmed, a Labour peer, claimed on Pakistani television last year that he was jailed in 2008 because of pressure on the courts from Jews “who own newspapers and TV channels”. He also claimed that the judge in the 2008 case was appointed to his position after he helped a “Jewish colleague” of Blair during an important case.
Ahmed first came to the public’s attention when he killed a man as he was driving while using his phone. His jail sentence was suspended. But Ahmed has a long history of bigotry and support for extremism groups.
In 2005, Ahmed hosted a book launch in the House of Lords for a neo-Nazi activist who frequently uses anti-Semitic language in his work. Russian-born Israel Shamir claimed that blood libels against the Jews were in fact true and that all political parties were Zionist infiltrated.
In 2009, Ahmed, along with a number of extremist British Islamists, signed a letter praising the anti-Jewish Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he walked out of a debate with President Shimon Peres at the Davos Conference in Switzerland.
In an interview on the Iranian-mouthpiece, Press TV, during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, Ahmed said that British Jews who served in the Israeli army should be arrested and, if necessary, charged with war crimes.
In November 2012 he claimed the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai was carried out by the Pakistani Government as part of an effort to discredit the Taliban.
Ahmed has also given a lobby pass to a representative of MEMO, the pro-Hamas group. He has participated in trips to meet with Hamas leader Ahmad Bahar, a senior Hamas terrorist who has called for the killing of Jews worldwide.
Ahmed booked a room in the Lords for the antisemitic hate preacher, Raed Salah, met with the dead Al Qaeda fundraiser, Abu Rideh and campaigned for the admission of the banned hate preacher, Zakir Naik (who calls for the killing of homosexuals).