Distasteful through and through

BARELY a week goes by without a revelation of some contact or meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and an anti-Zionist organisation, usually sited in the Middle East.

The Labour Party is so left-wing, driven by antisemitism, that several traditional MPs are seriously considering leaving it.

Recently, it was revealed that its leader met Hamas officials on a trip to the West Bank in 2010, and faces a probe as to whether he broke parliamentary rules for not declaring the visit (something for which, I believe, Priti Patel had to resign from the Tory party following an undeclared assignment to Israel.

In 2015, Jeremy Corbyn also met Hamas-linked visitors at an event in the House of Lords, one of them calling for violence against Israel and a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Also present was the Hamas special envoy to Britain, Azzam Tamimi.

This, of course, followed Corbyn’s appearance at the contentious 2014 wreath-laying ceremony in Tunis, close to the graves of Palestinian terrorists linked to the Munich massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes. And we must not forget that in 2009, Corbyn called the organisation his “friends”.

In 2012, he attended a conference in Doha, along with an ex-Hamas military leader, Husam Badran. And going back further, he shared the stage with the first female plane hijacker, PFLP member Leila Khaled, at a pro-Palestinian rally in London.

And so it goes on, ad infinitum.

However, there are positive signs that Labour members — fearful of defeat should there be a snap election — have had enough.

Frank Field has openly declared that he has — and has resigned the Labour whip. And Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, has threatened to leave if Corbyn alters at the party conference the now-agreed definition of antisemitism.

Former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett heaped further criticism on the leader, saying that “under Mr Corbyn, the bullying and thuggery of the militant left during the Eighties has returned”.

And former Labour PM Gordon Brown is quoted as saying: “Jeremy Corbyn has got to change — you have to show by your actions that you understand the deep hurt that has been caused.

“We have a problem within Labour with antisemitism . . . and it has to be dealt with.”

Corbyn’s cohorts have said: “Jeremy doesn’t have a single antisemitic bone in his body.”

True — he appears to have an entire skeleton full.

R Miller,

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