Election 2015 England

'Kidnap Obama' UKIP candidate Jeremy Zeid replaced

President Barack Obama Image copyright AP
Image caption The US declassified documents relating to Israel's nuclear programme

A UKIP parliamentary candidate who said in a Facebook post that Israel should "kidnap" US President Barack Obama has been replaced by his party.

Jeremy Zeid, who was standing in Hendon, said President Obama should be "locked up" by the Israelis for "leaking state secrets".

He was referring to the declassifying of documents on Israel's secret nuclear programme.

UKIP said Mr Zeid resigned last week due to health issues.

It is not clear exactly when he resigned, but he made the posts last Wednesday and Thursday.

Raymond Shamash, a surgeon originally from north-west London, was revealed as Mr Zeid's replacement after news of the Facebook posts emerged.

Image copyright UKIP
Image caption Raymond Shamash, a surgeon originally from north-west London, will replace Mr Zeid

Mr Zeid also said Israel should "do an Eichmann" on President Obama.

Adolf Eichmann was a Nazi war criminal abducted by Israeli agents in 1960 and later hanged for his role in the murders of millions of Jews in World War Two.

Hendon is one of the most marginal seats in the country with the Conservatives defending a majority of 106.

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