More troubling revelations about UK Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, with news that he had accepted a free trip to meet Syria’s Assad.
And it gets worse (for him).
The trip was funded by a group blaming Jews for the Holocaust, he went with terror-supporter ‘Jihad’ Jenny Tonge, and his post-trip remarks are dripping with antisemitism and indicate he thinks the state of Israel is a mistake.
Jeremy Corbyn accepted a free trip to meet President Assad of Syria funded by the Palestinian lobbyists who organised an event this week at which Jews were blamed for the Holocaust.
The Labour leader was taking part in a stunt to mark Balfour day, the anniversary of the signing of a British declaration in 1917 supporting a Jewish home in Palestine.
Mr Corbyn’s hosts were the British-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), a campaign group which four days ago organised a House of Lords event demanding that Britain should apologise for Arthur Balfour’s pledge.
Baroness Tonge, who chaired the meeting, resigned from the Liberal Democrats after an outcry over anti-semitic remarks made by audience members. She later excused herself by claiming that she was unable to hear what was being said. The PRC said it denounced and rejected the comments but denied responsibility for them.
Lady Tonge accompanied Mr Corbyn on the PRC trip to Syria in 2009. Mr Corbyn used the visit to allege that “once again the Israeli tail wags the US dog”, an allegation popular with conspiracy theorists and antisemites.
Mr Corbyn was condemned yesterday by an expert on antisemitism for using “dangerous language”.
The PRC has a record of hosting events featuring hard line anti-Israel speakers, where incendiary remarks are made about Jews. It insists that it does not tolerate any form of antisemitism or Holocaust denial.
Israel has claimed that the organisation is affiliated to Hamas, a designated terrorist group, but the PRC has condemned this as an attempt to damage its credibility.
Mr Corbyn recorded the trip in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests as being worth £1,300. He stated that the purpose was to visit refugee camps. The delegation of international parliamentarians was headed by the Conservative Lord Sheikh.
The politicians met Assad and thanked him for housing half a million Palestinian refugees since 1948.
Mr Corbyn wrote about the trip in the communist Morning Star newspaper. He said he had met a group of Palestinians on the anniversary of the date “when Arthur Balfour gave his infamous declaration of support for a Jewish state of Israel”. It seemed appropriate, he argued, that the Palestinians experienced another big disappointment that day in news from Washington.
“Once again the Israeli tail wags the US dog as [secretary of state] Hillary Clinton drops demands to even halt new settlements as the Netanyahu government pushes to continue its dismemberment of the West Bank,” he wrote.
Dave Rich, author of The Left’s Jewish Problem, told The Times yesterday: “This crass wording about Israel echoes conspiratorial ideas about Jews or Zionists controlling US foreign policy. Somebody who claims to oppose antisemitism should be able to recognise the dangers of using language like this.
So he’ll visit a brutal dictator like Assad but not Yad Vashem. Got it.
Here’s a photo from the trip. Naturally Corbyn is dressed in red. Also note the guy with no neck standing next to the giraffe-like Dorktator Assad.
It’s like an evil freakshow.
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