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.”
British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is facing mounting allegations of anti-Semitism and hatred for the Jewish state, acknowledged Monday that he was present at a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014 honoring Palestinian terrorists linked to the Munich Massacre.
Last weekend, the Daily Mail published photos showing that Corbyn laid a wreath and participated in a prayer service at the graves of the Black September terrorists responsible for the brutal massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The British Labour party leader originally claimed he was at the cemetery to commemorate the victims of a 1985 Israeli air attack on Palestinian Liberation Organization offices in Tunis. The Daily Mail, however, uncovered the revealing photographs and sent a journalist to the cemetery, who confirmed that Corbyn had indeed been standing by a plaque at the graves of the Black September members.
On Monday, Corbyn acknowledged a wreath was laid to honor “those that were killed in Paris in 1992.” PLO official Atef Bseiso, whom Israel has accused of helping to plan the Munich Olympic attack, was gunned down outside a Paris hotel that year.
“I was present when it was laid. I don’t think I was actually involved in it,” Corbyn told reporters.
“I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere because we have to end it,” he added, apparently referring to a Mossad hit on a terrorist as a “terrorist incident.”
The statement did not quell criticism from Jewish groups and Labour members who say Corbyn has allowed anti-Semitism to fester in the party.
“Being ‘present’ is the same as being involved. … Where is the apology?” tweeted Labour lawmaker Luciana Berger.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that “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.”
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