UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will share a speaking platform with a blogger who once called for a Jewish journalist in Israel to have his throat cut.
Mr. Corbyn is listed to speak at a conference in September which will be held less than a mile from the official Labour Party annual general meeting and run at the same time.
The Labour leader has said he intends to address the ‘World Transformed’ event, which is being organised by Momentum, the campaign group that is co-ordinating his leadership re-election bid. “I’m going to be there, because I want to see a world transformed,” the Independent reports.
Also listed to appear is far-left blogger and sometime Guardian contributor Richard Seymour. Last year he wrote in reference to Josh Hasten, an Israeli who covered the near-lynching of a Jewish woman by rioting Palestinians: “Jewish journalist reporting on Israel-Palestine… F*ck him, they should cut his throat”.
Katie Green, a chair of the campaign of Corbyn’s rival for party leadership, Owen Smith, said: “These kind of violent and deeply offensive remarks make a mockery of Jeremy’s ‘kinder, gentler politics.’ Jeremy should be condemning his comments.”
The main Labour conference is also in disarray after party leaders decided to cancel a deal with the G4S security firm because of its business ties with Israeli prisons. Organizers are worried they will not have a replacement firm in place in time for the event.
As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, Mr. Corbyn was recently accused of accepting campaign funds from a group with links to the Hamas terrorist organisation.
Friends of Al-Aqsa are alleged to have given a cheque for £10,000 to Mr. Corbyn, an outspoken critic of Israel, when he was bidding to become Labour leader in 2015. A report in the Observer newspaper made the claim, adding that the money came from the proceeds of a fundraising dinner held for Mr. Corbyn’s election.
Mr. Corbyn has previously called Hezbollah and Hamas “friends” while leading a party accused of doing nothing to counter allegations of anti-Semitism in its membership.
In April the Labour Party was forced to hold an internal inquiry into allegations of anti-Semitism within its rank and file membership. The move followed a turbulent week in which two prominent members were suspended over anti-Semitic comments.
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