The UK Labour Party has denied that its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, honored the Palestinian terrorists responsible for killing 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics when he traveled to Tunisia in 2014 and attended the cemetery where some of the attackers were buried.
MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 13th August, 2018) The UK Labour Party has denied that its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, honored the Palestinian terrorists responsible for killing 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics when he traveled to Tunisia in 2014 and attended the cemetery where some of the attackers were buried.
Photographs emerged over the weekend of Corbyn in 2014 holding a wreath as he stood at the cemetery in Tunisia near the grave of the so-called Black September members, who perpetrated the murder of Israeli Olympic athletes. The photos also showed Corbyn standing close to the grave of Atef Bseiso, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) intelligence chief at that time who was linked to the Munich tragedy.
"The Munich widows are being misled. Jeremy did not honour those responsible for the Munich killings. He and other Parliamentarians went to the Palestinian cemetery in Tunisia to remember the victims of the 1985 Israeli bombing of the PLO headquarters, many of whom were civilians," the press service of the Labour Party said in a tweet.
The party further insisting that Corbyn was in Tunisia at the time to attend a service commemorating the Palestinians killed in a 1985 Israeli air strike on the PLO base in the African country. However these statements reportedly contradict the photos recently released by media.
Over the last few months, there has been an uproar over alleged anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. Corbyn, who is a supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israel, has also been repeatedly accused of siding with anti-Semites and turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic views within the party. Yet, party members loyal to Corbyn claim the accusations are part of a long-term campaign to unseat him ever since his surprise ascent to power in 2015.
Corbyn himself has consistently rejected the accusations against him, pledging to redouble efforts to fight anti-Semitism surfacing in the party.
The latest disagreements among the party members concern a new code of conduct on anti-Semitism, which denounces the ideology but does not contain its internationally accepted definition in full. In particular, the definition in the code supposedly excludes accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel rather than their own nations, branding the existence of the state of Israel as a racist endeavour and drawing parallels between Israel's actions with those of the Nazis.