The use of the term ‘final solution’, which was once used by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi’s to reference the plan for mass extermination of the Jewish population through gas chambers, has been branded “grotesque” by one Labour MP.
Writing on its Facebook page on Monday the Labour Friends of Palestine and Middle East said: “The Labour Party’s Two-State solution will END the occupation in Palestine. Our solution will be the final solution.”
Furious Facebook users commented underneath the post voicing their anger at the wording.
One commenter, Duncan Bryson said: “Did anyone think about how this reads? How offensive it could be?”
Another wrote: “It’s like you learn nothing from the string of past issues… why say final solution?”
The group edited their post several hours later and removed the offending line.
In a statement posted on Facebook this afternoon the group said: “There was a post published earlier on this page which contained an extremely poor choice of words.
“Due to the preparations for the Party conference, we were unable to effectively check every piece of content being published on our page.
“While the use of the phrase in this context was a genuine error, we would like to sincerely apologise for the hurt it has caused and will endeavour to ensure such errors do not occur again in the future.”
Labour MP John Mann blasted the group as “grotesque” and said those responsible for the error needed “chasing out of the Labour Party immediately”.
The post follows a wave of criticism towards the Labour Party over claims of anti-semitism.
Just two days ago party leader Jeremy Corbyn fuelled the row engulfing the party by failing to turn up at a reception for Labour Friends of Israel.
He sent Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry in his place prompting activists to shout “Where is he?” and “Why isn’t he here?’”
Mr Corbyn has been under fire recently following the revelations and accusations of anti-semitism within the party.
An equality watchdog has even intervened telling Labour to do more to prove it is not a racist party.
Deputy leader Tom Watson pledged an investigation into how anti-Semites had been allowed to address the Brighton conference fringe and question whether the Holocaust had taken place.
He described their condemned the remarks, saying: “[The event] is nothing to do with the official Labour Party conference.
“And if there was Holocaust denial there, these people have no right to be in the Labour party, and if they are they should be expelled.”
Mr Corbyn has suspended two party members last year for anti-semitism claims.
In April 2016, the Labour MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, was suspended over comments she made about Israel on Facebook.
Ms Shah shared a graphic of Israel’s outline superimposed on a map of the US under the headline “Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States”, with the comment: “Problem solved.”
In the same month, the Labour former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, also drew criticism over his claim that Hitler supported Zionism.