Netanyahu criticises Corbyn over Munich wreath-laying

Jonathan Goldstein addresses the large crowd in Parliament Square at the #EnoughIsEnough demo
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Mr Corbyn said he'd been at the event in Tunisia because he wanted to see a "fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere".

Corbyn was opposed to Labour adopting a definition of antisemitism which would make comparing current Israeli policy to that of Nazi Germany 'antisemitic.' The party's current stance on antisemitism includes the following statement: "Discourse about worldwide politics often employs metaphors drawn from examples of historic misconduct".

Jeremy Corbyn has admitted attending a ceremony for the terrorists behind the Munich massacre, but denied laying a wreath himself.

Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Labour leader of laying a bouquet on the grave of terrorists behind the 1972 attack, during a controversial visit to the Palestinian Martyrs' Cemetery in Tunisia in 2014.

In a double-blow, Corbyn tweeted a second message slamming Israel for the nation state law which he said "discriminates against Israel's Palestinian minority".

Corbyn has earlier said he had been present when a wreath was laid to "those that were killed in Paris in 1992" but he did not "think" he was involved in laying it.

Dr Shtayyeh confirmed the intention of the event was simply to remember those killed in the 1985 airstrike.

But the Daily Mail said the photographs it published Saturday showed Corbyn standing near the graves of members of the Black September group and that he was 45 feet from the monument to those killed in the Israeli air strike. You can not pursue peace through a cycle of violence. "The only way to pursue peace is a cycle of dialog".

Corbyn later claimed that the ceremony, held in 2014, was to commemorate those who died in an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) headquarters in Tunis in 1985. "I don't think I was actually involved in it", Corbyn told reporters.

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"When I attend a memorial, my presence alone, whether I lay a wreath or not, demonstrates my association & support".

'There can also never be a "fitting memorial" for terrorists.

Mr Corbyn was also pictured praying next to the grave of Khalaf and three others regarded as ringleaders in the Munich massacre.

Conservative Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has suggested that Corbyn should quit as Labour leader over the row.

It also emerged that Mr Corbyn stood next to a leading member of an active Palestinian terrorist group during the ceremony in 2014.

'He of course condemns that bad attack, as he does the 1985 bombing'.

A Labour statement said Mr Corbyn had not compared Israel to the Nazis "but the conditions of civilian populations in besieged cities in wartime". The fracas has seen excoriation from rabbis, including Britain's chief rabbi, as well as from some of Labour's own MPs, charging that the party and its leader seem unable or unwilling to decisively excise anti-Semitic members and sentiments from Labour's ranks.

Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger said on Twitter: 'Being "present" is the same as being involved.

That was too much for some British Jewish leaders, whose latest in a series of battles with Corbyn concerns Labour's ongoing refusal to endorse a globally accepted definition of antisemitism drawn up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Labour says it has included the worldwide 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.

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