Jemima Goldsmith condemns anti-Semitic Pakistani politician

Jemima Goldsmith condemns anti-Semitic Pakistani politician who attacked the socialite’s ex-husband Imran Khan for allowing his children to be ‘raised in the lap of the Jews’

  • Pakistani politician Maryam Nawaz made the remark in response to a speech by Prime Minister Imran Khan
  • He had mocked Nawaz’s son for playing polo – which he said was a ‘kings’ sport 
  • Ms Nawaz then said at least her son is not being ‘raised in the lap of Jews’
  • Ms Goldsmith condemned the comment and said it was anti-Semitic abuse

Jemima Goldsmith has condemned a Pakistani politician for her anti-Semitic comments after she attacked the socialite’s ex-husband Imran Khan for allowing his children to be ‘raised in the lap of the Jews’. 

Maryam Nawaz, the vice-president of the Pakistani Muslim League, made the remark in response to a speech made by the Pakistani Prime Minister.

Mr Khan had mocked Nawaz’s son Junaid Safdar for playing polo – which he referred to as a ‘kings’ sport’ – in the UK and accused her family of corruption during an election rally in the region of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. 

Jemima Goldsmith (left with her then husband Imran Khan in 1995) has condemned a Pakistani politician for her anti-Semitic comments after she attacked the socialite’s ex-husband Imran Khan for allowing his children to be ‘raised in the lap of the Jews’

Maryam Nawaz, the vice-president of the Pakistani Muslim League, made the remark in response to a speech made by the Pakistani Prime Minister

Speaking about pictures of Nawaz’s father, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, attending his grandson’s polo match at the University of Cambridge, Mr Khan said: ‘The poor go to jail and the powerful [Nawaz Sharif] get NRO [deal] to go abroad and watch his grandson’s polo match. 

‘The common man cannot play polo — a kings’ sport. You need a lot of money to keep a horse and play polo. So tell us where this dear grandson got this money from. It’s the people’s money.’

Ms Nawaz hit back at the jibe and said in a speech: ‘My son [Junaid] is the polo team captain [for Cambridge University] and is bringing honour to Pakistan. 

‘He is Nawaz Sharif’s grandson, not Goldsmith’s and he is not being raised in the lap of Jews.’

Ms Goldsmith condemned the politician for the anti-Semitic comments and tweeted: ‘My kids are ‘being raised in the lap of Jews’, announced Maryam Nawaz today. 

‘I left Pakistan in 2004 after a decade of anti-Semitic attacks by the media and politicians (and weekly death threats and protests outside my house). But it still continues.’

In a further war on words, Ms Nawaz responded to the tweet and claimed Ms Goldsmith ‘only has her ex to blame’ for her comments. 

Ms Nawaz said: ‘I have absolutely no interest in you, your sons or your personal lives because I have better things to do and say but if your ex [Imran Khan] drags in families of others out of spite, others will have nastier things to say. 

‘You only have your ex to blame.’ 

Mr Khan, one of the best cricketers of all time, married glamorous socialite Ms Goldsmith in 1995.

The pair had two sons before their split nine years later, which was in part attributed to the difficulties she faced in Pakistan where she was hounded for her family’s Jewish ancestry. 

Mr Khan, one of the best cricketers of all time, married glamorous socialite Ms Goldsmith in 1995

The pair had two sons before their split nine years later, which was in part attributed to the difficulties she faced in Pakistan where she was hounded for her family’s Jewish ancestry

Following the Twitter spat, rights activist Ammar Ali Jan tweeted in support of Ms Goldsmith and said: ‘Maryam Nawaz’ attacks against you [Jemima] and your kids were extremely disgraceful. 

‘People of Pakistan have nothing but respect for your family. Hope this pushback will be a lesson to those who continue to use bigotry against political opponents.’

Meanwhile, journalist Dr Awais Saleem tweeted: ‘Whether Imran Khan attacks Maryam Nawaz’s son or Maryam attacks IK’s kids, both cases are disgraceful & unacceptable. 

‘If you are only condemning one & not the other, your selective outrage only aggravates the problem. Morality, ethics, principles don’t depend on likes & dislikes.’  

A spokesperson for Mr Khan said he had targeted Ms Nawaz’s son because her family had used ‘offensive language’ about the Prime Minister.

 ‘Imran Khan had targeted Maryam and Sharifs only because the latter was continuously using offensive language about the premier,’ a spokesperson told Dawn. ‘He had to say something; in politics such things are not uncommon.’

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Pakistani Muslim League told the publication: ‘Dragging Maryam’s son in the controversy only shows Imran Khan’s frustration, who is not happy to see people’s response to his party’s public meetings in AJK, and reflected his mentality.’    

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