An investigation by The Telegraph shows Mr Corbyn was considered to be a “stalwart” supporter of an anti-Israel campaign group Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR) for several years after its organisers were exposed publicly for their extreme anti-Semitic views.
While there is no suggestion Mr Corbyn shares their views, his association raises serious questions about his judgement.
A Telegraph investigation shows DYR was riddled with prominent Holocaust deniers that included its founder Paul Eisen as well as Gill Kaffash, a former Labour councillor, who knew Corbyn for many years; Gilad Atzmon, a notorious Holocaust revisionist; and Francis Clarke-Lowe, who was chairman of a pro-Palestinian group of which Mr Corbyn is patron.
In a 2005 essay, Mr Eisen detailed his support for a jailed German Holocaust denier; “rehumanised” Adolf Hitler; and insisted being a Holocaust denier was an “entirely honourable thing”.
His claims prompted a number of DYR directors to withdraw from the group. In 2007, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) cut its links with DYR over its anti-Semitism although Mr Corbyn, himself a patron of PSC, attended at least one further event in 2013 organised by Mr Eisen and Mrs Kaffash.
They had been publicly exposed as – or else admitted to being – Holocaust deniers prior to Mr Corbyn’s decision to denounce DYR. Tracked down by The Telegraph, Mrs Kaffash, 78, a co-organiser of its annual event commemorating an alleged massacre of Arabs at Deir Yassin in 1948, said: “Jeremy was a stalwart of DYR… a very important supporter. You can rely on Jeremy. He came to this house and sat in that chair.”
She claimed to The Telegraph that in her view: “He could not not know what Paul’s views were. Or mine.”
Asked about her views of the Holocaust, Mrs Kaffash, who denies being anti-Semitic, said: “I don’t think there is evidence gas chambers were used to exterminate Jews. I don’t think there is evidence of a policy of extermination.”
Mrs Kaffash added: “I don’t think Jeremy Corbyn is a Holocaust denier. He is definitely not anti-Semitic.”
Well, if Mrs Kaffash, who claims the Holocaust did not happen and denies being antisemitic, says that Corbyn is definitely not antisemitic, then..well, do the math.
This is just the latest revelation about Corbyn’s antisemitic assocations. Time and again, he has been associating with antisemitic loons – and of course those seeking Israel’s destruction. Even his own brother revealed himself to be a Jew hater. And his Labor party is rife with antisemitism.
You’d think he would be desperate to visit Yad Vashem, if only to dissociate himself from all of the rampant Jew hatred of his buddies and brother.
Corbyn needs to step down – or be made to do so.
Let’s also not lose sight of something else this exposé shows – the overlap between outright Jew haters and those who claim to be “anti-Zionist.” This is something I show time and again with my “anti-Zionist-not-antisemite” series – I am convinced the vast majority of those who criticize Israel are doing so because they really, really, really do not like Jews.