Tower Hamlets’s Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman has prompted angry protests after raising the Palestinian flag over the town hall “in solidarity with Gaza.”
Just 24 hours after it emerged Mr Rahman is to face trial over claims he committed widespread voting fraud, he ordered the flag to fly “in support of a ceasefire and peace.”
Jewish leaders condemned the move as “destructive” for community relations as local residents said the council should concentrate on “potholes and bins” and not international conflicts.
Mr Rahman was a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party and was its candidate to be the first directly elected mayor of the borough in 2010.
He was expelled from the Labour party after allegations surfaced about his close links with an Islamic extremist group called the Islamic Forum of Europe.
He is accused of using illegal tactics to win the mayoral election in Tower Hamlets, East London, in May…