Jemima Goldsmith has called out a leading Pakistani politician for making an antisemitic comment about Ms Goldsmith’s children.
Pakistani Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan, who has two sons with his former wife, Ms Goldsmith, recently spoke at a rally in Kashmir in which he made reference to the son of Maryam Nawaz, the Vice-President of the Pakistani Muslim League and daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Khan accused Ms Nawaz’s family of corruption, attacking her son for playing polo at the University of Cambridge in the UK, saying: “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 [of the former Prime Minister] got this money from. It’s the people’s money.”
Ms Nawaz responded by noting that her son is the team captain and brings honour to his country, adding: “He is Nawaz Sharif’s grandson, not Goldsmith’s, and he is not being raised in the lap of Jews.”
Ms Goldsmith reacted on Twitter saying “I left Pakistan in 2004 after a decade of antisemitic attacks by the media & politicians (& weekly death threats & protests outside my house). But still it continues”
Responding on Twitter, 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 drags in families of others out of spite, others will have nastier things to say. You have only your ex to blame.”
Earlier this year, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister was accused of casually peddling an antisemitic trope live on CNN.