Khan-appointed diversity commissioner forced to resign amid antisemitism allegations

An investigation by Jewish News has forced the resignation of one of Sadiq Khan’s much touted new diversity commissioners, who had been appointed by the London Mayor to sit on his Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm – a new body that will review London landmarks and could reshape our capital.

The news outlet investigated a number of blog postings by or about activist Toyin Agbetu, who had already come under scrutiny for an incident where he loudly protested a ceremony attended by the Queen.

In one he is quoted as claiming that there is an “immoral hierarchy of suffering” that sees Holocaust victims “served well by Nazi hunters” while complaining of the denial of “moral, political, spiritual and economic justice” for “victims and survivor-descendants” of slavery.

He also praised controversial American scholar Tony Martin, who published a 1994 work called The Jewish Onslaught, calling him “a first class historian” and saying that “his alleged ‘crime’ was being the author of a book that explored the role of Jews in the Maafa”.

Martin came to public attention in the 1990s when he told students to read a Nation of Islam book called The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, which has been widely condemned as an antisemitic text that argues Jews were central to the Atlantic slave trade.

Martin went on to address a conference organised by the Institute for Historical Review, one of the world’s most notorious Holocaust denial groups.

Khan himself once worked as a solicitor for the Nation of Islam in 2001 and 2002, working on a legal battle to overturn Louis Farrakhan’s ban on entering Britain. Farrakhan has a long record of vile public statements, including 2018 rants about “the Satanic Jew” and comparisons between Jewish people and termites.

Agbetu’s comments were first uncovered by Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who said: “Agbetu’s record of anti-Semitic comments and anti-vaccine lies put him beyond the pale.

“One of the best ways for a Mayor to tackle discrimination is to show that City Hall won’t tolerate it.”

A spokesman for Khan told the Jewish News that “Toyin Agbetu has today resigned from the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm and the Mayor believes this is the right course of action.”

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage last week warned Labour leader Keir Starmer that he needed to “rein in” Sadiq Khan and his commitment to the divisive politics of identity, highlighting his selection of commissioners. Today’s revelations will only reinforce the toxic image of Khan’s attacks on British heritage.