Ontario NDP leader Marit Stiles has made the decision to remove Hamilton Centre MPP Sarah Jama from the caucus. This comes after Jama made a series of anti-Semitic comments on social media regarding the recent massacre in Israel.
Jama’s offensive tweet called for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation, while also accusing Israel of apartheid and calling for an end to the occupation of Palestinian land. These remarks reflect a long history of Jama professing anti-Semitic sentiments.
Notably, Jama failed to condemn the brutal acts committed by Hamas, which resulted in the deaths of 1,400 Israelis on October 7. Instead, she attended a march advocating for an intifada and the destruction of Israel, proudly displaying the flag of Hamas.
Attempts to speak with Jama or her staffers were unsuccessful as her constituency office was found empty. Phone calls went unanswered and the voicemail box was full. It seems that Jama and her team were unwilling to address the controversy surrounding her comments.
While Jama’s removal from the NDP caucus has been met with support from many, NDP MPP Jill Andrew, representing Toronto-St. Paul’s, has expressed opposition. Andrew, known for previous controversial statements, claims that Jama’s removal is racist and sexist, alluding to stereotypical tropes often associated with black women.
The removal of Jama from the caucus highlights the importance of carefully researching and considering political candidates before the province’s next election in 2026. It is crucial for constituents in Hamilton Centre and Toronto-St. Paul’s to be aware of the views and actions of those seeking political office.
Ultimately, Marit Stiles’ decision to remove Sarah Jama from the NDP caucus demonstrates a zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism and divisive rhetoric. It sends a clear message that such views have no place within the party and will not be tolerated.