Imam Abdullah Patel who appeared on the BBC’s live televised Tory leadership programme on Tuesday evening has on Wednesday been suspended from School duties and from his Mosque.
There is much controversy over his past comments on Israel and was also criticised for deactivating his Twitter account prior to the show and then reactivating it after the show.
In a past tweet he said, “every political figure on the Zionist’s payroll is scaring the world about Corbyn.”
The executive members of the Masjid e Umar mosque in Gloucester said, “We have decided to act immediately and have chosen to give him some time away to allow us the opportunity to conduct a detailed investigation into this matter.
“This is the official stance of the mosque’s executive committee and we hope you respect our right to privacy as we conduct this deeply sensitive investigation.”
Al-Ashraf primary school in Gloucester have suspended Patel who was the deputy headteacher.
Yakub Patel, chairman of Al-Madani Educational Trust said, “Following some of the comments attributed to Mr Patel in the media this morning, the Trust has decided to suspend him from all school duties with immediate effect until a full investigation is carried out.
“The school and Trust do not share the views attributed to him.”
Sajid Javid, Home Secretary said Patel should “practise what he preaches” and that words “do indeed have consequences.”