How Jeremy Corbyn changed his story

How Jeremy Corbyn changed his story

It said the cemetery houses a memorial to the dozens killed in the 1985 Israeli bombing of the Palestine Liberation Organisation headquarters in exile in Tunis, as well as the graves of members of Black September, a PLO splinter group that carried out the Munich attack.

Mr Corbyn was responding to the extraordinary claim that 12 months before being appointed leader of the Labour Party, he had joined a delegation of Palestinian officials at a ceremony which included tributes to members of Black September.

The Labour leader wrote at the time that wreaths had been laid not only at the memorial, but also "on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris".

"I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who's died in every terrorist incident everywhere because we have to end it".

She said: "When I attend a memorial, my presence alone, whether I lay a wreath or not, demonstrates my association and support".

He said it was important to ensure "you can discuss and debate the relations between Israel and Palestine, the future of the peace process and, yes, make criticisms of the actions of the Israeli government in the bombing of Gaza and other places".

Labour says Mr Corbyn was "describing conditions of occupations in World War Two in Europe, of which there are multiple examples, not comparing the Israeli state to Nazis" and that the MP also had Soviet, Italian, British and USA occupations in mind, not just Nazi Germany's.

It also insisted: "Jeremy did not honour those responsible for the Munich killings".

Eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian group at the 1972 summer games in Munich.

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But the Labour Party leader said "I don't think I was actually involved" in laying the wreath. A German policeman was killed in a shootout with the terrorists during a botched rescue attempt.

"Being "present" is the same as being involved", Berger said in a tweet. "I don't think I was actually involved in it".

The organisation is among the world's most infamous.

A Labour statement said Mr Corbyn had not compared Israel to the Nazis "but the conditions of civilian populations in besieged cities in wartime".

"His response to these latest revelations really stretches credibility, and it's also part of a pattern where he never acknowledges his role and never takes responsibility and never apologises for the deep offence caused", said James Sorene, chief executive of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre.

A furore over alleged anti-semitism in Britain's main opposition party widened on Monday when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn exchanged accusations on Twitter over Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed.

"Labour will resolve any outstanding issues within our party and get out there to assist the Jewish community in fighting anti-Semitism and racism".

Labour says it has included the global definition word-for-word in the code, although critics say the Labour code leaves out examples of how criticism of Israel can be anti-Semitic.

Corbyn said in the same interview that the Labour party would consult with the Jewish and Palestinian communities over whether to adopt one remaining example attached to the IHRA definition.

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