In Quest to 'Dig up Dirt' Jeremy Corbyn Compared Israel to Nazism, Supporting Hamas

Published August 3rd, 2018 - 01:00 GMT
Jeremy Corbyn. (AFP PHOTO)
Jeremy Corbyn. (AFP PHOTO)

Labour was on the brink of civil war last night over anti-Semitism.

The party endured a fevered day of briefing and counter-briefing following the revelation that Jeremy Corbyn hosted an event comparing the Israeli government to the Nazis. 

And last night two new pieces of footage surfaced of the Labour leader making controversial comments, both praising the release of Hamas terrorists on Iranian TV in 2012, and two years earlier comparing Israel's blockade of Gaza to Nazi atrocities.

It comes amid the fall-out from Mr Corbyn's refusal to sign up to the full internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism - which might be explained by fears that he knows he has fallen foul of it himself.

Likening the actions of Israel to the Nazis, as Mr Corbyn did in the video that emerged yesterday, is a specific example of anti-Semitism as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Most organisations, including the police and Crown Prosecution Service, have adopted the IHRA's definition.

But Labour refuses to adopt the same guidelines in full, leading some critics to ask what Mr Corbyn is afraid of.

Yesterday examples were circulated of the Labour leader falling foul of the rule against 'comparing contemporary Israeli policies to those of the Nazis'.

In 2010 Mr Corbyn was filmed outside the Israeli embassy in London comparing its blockade of Gaza to Nazi atrocities.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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