“What Deserves Unequivocal Condemnation Is Killing Of Over 160 Palestinian”; Corbyn Slams Netanyahu’s Claims

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at Israel’s Prime minister after Benjamin Netanyahu said Corbyn deserved “unequivocal condemnation from everyone” for attending a Palestinian wreath-laying ceremony.

In a furious tweet on Monday, Netanyahu said “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’s right-leaning Daily Mail reported on Friday that Corbyn was pictured at a wreath-laying memorial for Palestinians accused of being behind the murder of Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Corbyn said he had attended the event in Tunis in 2014 as part of a wider event about the search for peace. The Leader also said that he had attended a memorial for 47 Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid on a Palestine Liberation Organisation base in 1985.

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Corbyn admitted that he was “present” at a wreath-laying for those allegedly involved in the Munich massacre. He told reporters that “a wreath was indeed laid” for “some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992” adding, “I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it,”

“I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere,” he told reporters on Monday, “Because we have to end it. You cannot pursue peace through a cycle of violence. The only way you pursue peace is a cycle of dialogue,” he said.

A spokesperson also said on Monday that Corbyn did not lay a wreath “at the graves of those alleged to have been linked to the Black September organisation or the 1972 Munich killings”.

Following Netanyahu’s accusation, Corbyn immediately hit back, saying Netanyahu’s claims about his action and words are false.

“What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children,” he tweeted.

Corbyn also referred to the controversial Nation-State Law recently passed by the Knesset, calling it “discriminatory,” law that caused “the second class status of Arab citizens.”

“The nation-state law sponsored by @Netanyahu’s government discriminates against Israel’s Palestinian minority.” Corbyn tweeted: “I stand with the tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel demonstrating for equal rights at the weekend in Tel Aviv.”

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