Labor candidate withdraws after he claimed that "Israeli officials in Gaza a pregnant Palestinian woman turned to drink" – to shock Jewish communities
- Labor candidate Melissa Parke withdrew from the election race on Friday evening
- She claimed that the Israeli guards in Gaza forced a pregnant Palestinian to drink bleach
- Her comments became & # 39; conspiracy theories & # 39; named by Jewish community leaders
- Parke said she resigned because she didn't want to distract the election
Ex-Minister Rudd Melissa Parke withdrew from the federal election race for Curtin after she said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict & # 39; was worse than South African apartheid system & # 39 ;.
Parke said she vividly remembered & # 39; then & # 39; a pregnant refugee woman at a checkpoint in Gaza were ordered to drink a bottle of bleach & # 39 ;, The Herald Sun reports
She made the comments at the very first meeting of the West Australian Labor for Palestinian group in March and resigned on Friday evening.
Ex-Minister Rudd Melissa Parke withdrew from the federal election race for Curtin after she made controversial remarks about Israel
The bleach burned the throats and inside of the woman, but her baby was saved, according to Mrs. Parke.
Ms Parke is a former lawyer of the emergency and work agency of the United Nations for Palestinian refugees and has worked in the Gaza Strip.
She said she expressed her opinion about the Middle East to distract from choosing a Labor government.
Her speech was & # 39; nothing more than a laundry list of calumnies, including discredited conspiracy theories and outright falsification & # 39; by the Executive Director of Australia / Israel and the Jewish Business Council called Colin Rubenstein, reports The Herald Sun.
Ms Parke withdrew from the race for the seat of Curtin in Perth, which was vacated by the former foreign minister, Julie Bishop.
It is considered a safe liberal seat because it has been held by the party since 1998.
The former Fremantle MP resigned from its seat in 2016 after nine years to spend more time with the family.
Director Colin Rubenstein Council of Australia / Israel and Jewish Affairs called her allegations & # 39; & # 39 conspiracy theories;