Wreathlaying row Corbyn hits back at Netanyahu

Wreathlaying row Corbyn hits back at Netanyahu

Mr Netanyahu tweeted The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich Massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone – left right and everything in between.

Mr Corbyn replied that the leader’s claims were false.

What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children, he tweeted.

He also criticised the nation state law recently introduced in Israel, saying I stand with the tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel demonstrating for equal rights at the weekend in Tel Aviv.

Israeli PM @Netanyahu’s claims about my actions and words are false.What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children.https//t.co/H5nXqi3pnU

The intervention comes in the middle of a row over the role of Mr Corbyn in a wreath-laying memorial for Palestinians accused of being behind the murder of Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Mr Corbyn says he took part in a ceremony for 47 people killed in a 1985 Israeli bombing in Tunisia four years ago. While he admitted being present during a wreath-laying for those allegedly involved in the Munich massacre, he said he was not directly involved.

A spokesperson said on Monday that the Labour leader did not lay a wreath at the graves of those alleged to have been linked to the Black September organisation or the 1972 Munich killings.

They said As has been consistently stated, Jeremy Corbyn visited the Palestine National Cemetery in Tunisia to support Palestinian rights and honour the victims of the illegal 1985 airstrike, many of whom were civilians, on the PLO’s headquarters – an attack condemned by the UN.

What exactly is meant to have taken place during Jeremy Corbyn’s visit?

Mr Netanyahu’s second claim is likely tied to a 2013 video that emerged last week, in which Mr Corbyn said occupation of the Palestinian West Bank was of the very sort that would be recognised by many people in Europe who suffered occupation during the Second World War.

Speaking on the wreath laying after the photos emerged, Mr Corbyn said he was there because he wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere.

Because we have to end it. You cannot pursue peace through a cycle of violence. The only way you pursue peace is a cycle of dialogue, he said.

It appears one of the graves Corbyn is standing near is that of Salah Khalaf, a senior figure in the PLO who is accused of involvement in the Munich attacks, and was behind moves to end Palestinian armed struggle and begin negotiations with Israel.

Jeremy Corbyn told me that he laid a wreath when I asked him about this during last year’s election campaign https//t.co/WRJKrB1PO8

Yair Wallach, a senior lecturer on Israel and Palestine at SOAS, said had he not been killed in 1991, Khalaf would likely have been negotiating with Israel and other states with senior Palestinian figures.

He said Mr Corbyn appeared to have had only a vague idea on the details of the wreath-laying.

Labour MP Luciana Berger also commented on the incident tweeting 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 and support.

There can also never be a ‘fitting memorial’ for terrorists. Where is the apology?

News Source SkyNews

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