July 18, 2019
Politics

Jeremy Corbyn sorry after hosting event where Israel compared to Nazis on Holocaust Day

At the 2010 event at the House of Commons, the actions of Israel were compared to the Nazis.

The Labour leader, who has battled a long-running row about anti-Semitism within his party, said he is sorry for appearing with people whose views he "completely rejects.

"Critics from within the Labour party have said he went beyond normal decency".

His apology comes after a member of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee said Jewish "Trump fanatics" were behind accusations of anti-Semitism.

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SORRY: Jeremy Corbyn apologised for organising a PROTEST on International Holocaust Day

At the 2010 event in the Commons, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and anti-Zionist Hajo Meyer gave a talk entitled The Misuse of the Holocaust for Political Purposes.

Mr Meyer, who died in 2014 aged 90, compared Israeli policy to the Nazi regime.

The Times said that Palestinian activist Haidar Eid also addressed the meeting, saying: "The world was absolutely wrong to think that Nazism was defeated in 1945.

"Nazism has won because it has finally managed to Nazify the consciousness of its own victims."

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Mr Corbyn has said: "In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject.

"I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused."

Backbench Labour MP John Mann said it was "extraordinary" the Labour leader had held a "protest event" on Holocaust Memorial Day in 2010.

The long-standing critic of Mr Corbyn told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It breaches any form of normal decency."

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