Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn denies he is an anti-Semite and a racist; but his multiple associations with Jew-haters – including neo-Nazi loons – suggests there is an enduring and endemic problem in Corbyn’s Palestinianist/anti-Zionist philosophy. Here is a run-down of the top seven anti-Semites, conspiracy theorists, far-Right Islamists and outright fascists who have either shared a platform with Corbyn or have been defended by the man who would be Labour leader…
1. Dyab Abou Jahjah
“It will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah [i.e. Dyab Abou Jahjah] will be speaking ….so far as I’m concerned that is absolutely the right function to use parliamentary facilities… to invite [Abou Jahjah] to meet members of Parliament.” – Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader contender Jeremy Corbyn claimed not to know Lebanese-born Dyab Abou Jahjah, a former Hezbollah fighter, who calls “every dead America, British and Dutch soldier a victory.” Then a photograph of the two men together (taken in 2009; see below) was circulated on the internet. Corbyn spoke at two events alongside Jahjah. He also lobbied the British government to lift a ban on Jahjah entering the country.
Not only does Jahjah celebrate the death of UK troops, he is a nasty homophobe and anti-Semite. On a blog he refers to “Aids-spreading fagots,” “the cult of the Holocaust and Jew worship,” and “hoax gas-chambers.” Jahjah is the founder of the Arab European League (AEL). Under Jahjah’s leadership, the AEL has published a number of highly-offensive anti-Semitic cartoons about the Holocaust.
It is important to note that Corbyn knew about Jahjah’s anti-Semitic views before sharing a platform with him. How do we know this? Because the issue was discussed at a Stop the War public meeting – which Corbyn attended.
2. Hamas, Hezbollah
As patron of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, Corbyn declared in a 2009 speech that “it will be my pleasure and honour to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I’ve also invited our friends from Hamas to come and speak as well.”
Hezbollah actively engages in Holocaust denial and spreads anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish power. And Hamas has made no secret of its genocidal intent towards Jews in general – not just Israelis. Yet Corbyn once described Hamas as “an organisation dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region.”
Corbyn has also shared a platform with Black September hijacker Leila Khaled and hosted a meeting with a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
3. Citizens Electoral Council/LaRouche
Corbyn was interviewed via video link at the annual conference of the far-Right Citizens Electoral Council in Australia in March 2015. The group is known for its anti-Semitic, anti-gay, anti-Aboriginal positions. And it explicitly states that it is a member of the neo-Nazi LaRouche movement, which denies the Holocaust and blames Israel for 9/11.
4. Paul Eisen
Corbyn has denied knowing that far-Right blogger and campaigner Paul Eisen was a Holocaust denier when he donated money to him. And yet there is a photograph from 2013 showing Corbyn at a formal reception for Eisen’s anti-Semitic organisation Deir Yassin Remembered. This was after Eisen publicised his extreme scepticism about the existence of the Nazi gas chambers. Eisen has also endorsed David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.
5. Sheikh Raed Salah
Corbyn has lent his support to Sheikh Raed Salah – a man who has been convicted of spreading the anti-Jewish blood libel and believes that Israel was behind 9/11. Corbyn describes him as an “honoured citizen” and said he was looking forward “to giving you [i.e. Salah] tea on the terrace because you deserve it!”
6. Reverend Stephen Sizer
Corbyn wrote a letter of support for Rev Stephen Sizer, an Anglican vicar, who spreads the libel that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks. Rev Sizer’s ideas have been branded by the Church of England as “clearly anti-Semitic.”
Sizer is a regular contributor to Islamic media outlets, including Iran’s Press TV. He has been photographed with Arafat, and with Zahra Mostafavi Khomeini, the daughter of the Ayatollah. He has met with – and publicly defended – the previously-mentioned Raed Salah.
Sizer once stated that the reason Jews “were expelled from the land was that they were more interested in money and power and treated the poor and aliens with contempt.” In 2011, he posted a link on his Facebook page to an anti-Semitic website called “The Ugly Truth,” and in the same year, he went to Malaysia to work with Viva Palestina, whose leading activists include Holocaust-denier Matthias Chang.
7. James Thring
Corbyn hosted and sponsored an event at Parliament at which far-Right Jew-hater James Thring gave a speech. Thring, who believes that the Jews control the financial markets, stated that a Palestinian militia should be armed and equipped. Thring has been described by Stand for Peace as a “neo-Nazi.”
He is also a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, has links with former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke and has campaigned for the release of Holocaust denier David Irving. Ironically, for a man who supports Holocaust deniers, Thring has compared Palestine to Auschwitz. According to Searchlight, Thring features in a pro-Hitler video called Dresden: A Commemoration.