Jeremy Corbyn refuses to apologise amid row over Palestinian terrorists wreath

Sergio Conner
August 14, 2018

Corbyn, who is a longtime and fierce advocate for Palestinian causes, was asked about the story by a reporter on Monday.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn - longed dogged by anti-Semitism accusations - is facing a fresh round of criticism and calls for his resignation following the publication this weekend of photos that appear to show him laying a wreath at a memorial in Tunisia for Palestinian terrorists who perpetrated the 1972 Munich Massacre.

The row comes as Mr Corbyn was forced to deny having laid a wreath at the graves of the Munich attackers, after images published in the Daily Mail showed him holding a floral tribute next to a plaque commemorating the terrorists.

But Mr Corbyn immediately hit back, saying the Israeli prime minister's "claims about my action and words are false".

In a reference to the 1985 bombing of Palestine Liberation Organisation headquarters, he added: "I remembered those that had died in an attack on Tunis by the Israeli air force which was condemned by the whole world".

Meanwhile, Faiza Shaheen, Labour's parliamentary candidate in Chingford and Woodford Green, entered the debate on the side of Mr. Corbyn by claiming it is not a fact that killing athletes is an anti-Semitism issue.

Eleven Israelis were killed in Munich in 1972, when Palestinian militants took Israeli Olympic team members hostage at a hotel in an attack which played out over live television.

"I was present when it was laid". I don't think I was actually involved in it (laying it). "You can not pursue peace by a cycle of violence, the only way you pursue peace is a cycle of dialogue", Corbyn said. "The only way to pursue peace is a cycle of dialogue".

A Labour party spokesman said: 'We have got nothing to say beyond what we have already said'.

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Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger said: "Being 'present" is the same as being involved.

"When I attend a memorial, my presence alone, whether I lay a wreath or not, demonstrates my association & support". Corbyn seems not to understand, nor to care that terrorists by their very nature are dedicated exclusively to the perpetration of death - that of others and as a byproduct their own as well. Where is the apology?

Not even Corbyn's own party is buying the "present but not involved" explanation. "Jeremy did not honor those responsible for the Munich killings", the statement read.

"He of course condemns that awful attack, as he does the 1985 bombing". I don't think I was actually involved in it (laying it).

After wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991, we moved to the poignant statue in the main avenue of the coastal town of Ben Arous, which was festooned with Palestinian and Tunisian flags.

The controversy emerges at a time when Labour is embroiled in a row about antisemitism and whether the party will adopt in full, with all its examples, the definition produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Labour dropped three points to 35 percent.

But Mick Whelan, general secretary of train drivers' union Aslef, who sits on the NEC, said he voted for the code because it is an advance on the original document.

Mr Corbyn said he had attended to take part in a ceremony honouring innocent victims of a 1985 Israeli air strike.

"The nation state law sponsored by Netanyahu's government discriminates against Israel's Palestinian minority".

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