Jeremy Corbyn Furious over Hamas Questions
Jeremy Corbyn MP, who is standing for leadership of the Labour Party, has come under fire for his referral to Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends”.
Interviewed on Channel 4 News, Corbyn claimed he only uses the word “friends” in a “collective way at a discussion.”
Furious at the questioning, Corbyn shouted, “Can I finish? … Hamas and Hezbollah are part of the peace process. … Thanks for the tabloid journalism.”
Later in the interview, Corbyn spoke on behalf of Iranian interests on the question of Syria, arguing that, “It was quite a big mistake in not reconvening the Geneva conference involving Iran … I think there has to be, ultimately, a political solution. I think we also need to look at the role that Saudi Arabia and others are playing in the arms they are putting in to the area.”
The “friends” reference to designated groups came from 2009, when Corbyn announced at an “anti-war” rally:
“It will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well. … That is the absolutely the right function of using parliamentary facilities to invite people from our other parts of the world. … The idea that an organization that is dedicated to the good of the Palestinian people…should be labelled as a terrorist organization by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake.”
Corbyn has a long history of working with unpleasant groups.
In 2011, Corbyn invited the Palestinian Islamist preacher Raed Saleh to speak in parliament. In 2005, an Israeli court had jailed Saleh for funding Hamas organizations.
Saleh has claimed that 4000 Jews skipped work at the World Trade Centre on the day of the 9/11 attacks; those who killed the “Martyr, Sheikh Osama Bin Laden” had “sold their consciences to Satan”; and that the children of Europe had their “blood mixed in with the dough of the [Jewish] holy bread.”
Raed Saleh’s work funding Hamas was evidently not a problem for Jeremy Corbyn, who is a staunch advocate of the British organization Interpal, a pro-Hamas charity that is a designated terrorist organization under United States law.
Interpal’s leaders regularly attend Hamas rallies and ceremonies in the Gaza strip. At one such event, Interpal trustee Essam Yusuf participated in a song that praised Hamas’s terrorist activities and its “martyrs.”
Other Interpal officials promote extremist ideas. Interpal staff member Ibrahim Dar has expressed support for the late Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, has called for killing homosexuals, and claims that ISIS is a “western setup undercover organisation.” Interpal trustee Ibrahim Hewitt has spoken of a “so-called Holocaust,” advocates killing apostates, and has written: “The Jews cannot be entrusted with the sanctity and security of this Holy Land.”
In his constituency of Islington, Corbyn hosts meetings at the Finsbury Park Mosque, an institution with which he works closely. One of the mosque’s trustees, in fact, is Muhammad Sawalha, a fugitive Hamas commander. According to BBC reports, Sawalha is “said to have masterminded much of Hamas’s political and military strategy” from London.
In 2012, Corbyn agreed to speak at a Ramadan celebration with Abdur Raheem Green, a Salafist preacher who has spoken of a “Yehudi [Jewish] … stench.” Green urges Muslims to “push them [Jews] to the side.” In addition, Green encourages men to hit their wives to “bring them to goodness,” and has called for the killing of homosexuals and adulterers.
In 2014, Corbyn spoke at an event organized by representatives of the Iranian regime to commemorate the violent Iranian revolution of 1979. Corbyn’s fellow speakers included Hassan al-Sadr, who represents the UK office of Iraqi terrorist Moqtada al-Sadr; and Abdolhossein Moezi, the personal representative of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Also in 2014, Corbyn hosted an event in parliament that featured the “neo-Nazi” speaker James Thring, who has appeared in a revisionist pro-Nazi documentary and has said that, “the Jewish lobby has so much power.”