Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News he was “searching for peace” when he honoured a Palestinian terrorist involved in the Munich massacre. He was looking in some odd places…
Guido can reveal the next stop on Jezza’s 2014 Tunisia trip. After the wreath-laying ceremony, Corbyn attended a conference of Palestinian terrorists in Tunis. In his own words, the future Labour leader recalled hearing speeches from Hamas and the PFLP:
“The conference… heard opening speeches from Palestinian groups including… Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine”
Hamas is a proscribed terrorist organisation. The PFLP is a murderous terror group – also proscribed by the UK government – which has killed large numbers of civilians in bombings and armed attacks and aeroplane hijackings. In an article for the Morning Star, Corbyn described the conference as a “special event” and praised the “shared agenda and endeavour” and “the unity between all Palestinian factions”.
Corbyn also praised a speech given at the conference by Ramsey Clark, the lawyer of Slobodan Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic. Clark famously said that “History will prove Milosevic was right”. Corbyn praised his speech at the conference as “very poignant and much appreciated”. Worth noting that Corbyn has also previously defended Milosevic.
He attended a wreath-laying of a man who massacred innocent athletes, shared a platform with two terror groups and praised a genocide denier. Was Corbyn really “searching for peace”?
The Sunday Times has a story that Jeremy Corbyn attended a wreath-laying at the grave of a Palestinian terrorist involved in the Munich massacre. Guido can give a little more detail…
In October 2014 Corbyn wrote an article for the communist Morning Star newspaper in which he recounts attending a wreath-laying ceremony. He writes:
“After wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day [at Sabra and Shatila] and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991, we moved to the poignant statue in the main avenue of the coastal town of Ben Arous, which was festooned with Palestinian and Tunisian flags.”
There is no record of any Mossad operation which killed anyone in Paris in 1991. However, Mossad is believed to have carried out an assassination in Paris on June 8, 1992. Atef Bseiso was the PLO head of intelligence and was one of the Palestinian terrorists who carried out the Munich massacre. The Israeli author Aaron Klein wrote this account of Bseiso’s assassination in Paris:
“Bseiso got out and said goodbye to his friends. He took one step back, preparing to move in the direction of the hotel. A few seconds later, two young men approached him. Their walk was loose, casual. Tom, the point man, raised his hand and pulled the trigger. The Beretta 0.22 issued its shots in silence, the retorts muzzled by a silencer. The three bullets hit Bseiso in the head. He fell on the spot, next to his friend’s car, his final inhalation a gurgle. The hot cartridges were caught, along with the clues they held, in a sturdy cloth bag attached to the pistol. Within seconds, the assassin and his backup were rapidly retreating down the street.”
Israel denied responsibility but it is widely accepted that Mossad conducted the operation. “The Mossad ambused him,” said Yasser Arafat at the time.
Mossad has not been accused of any other assassinations in Paris around the time Corbyn talked about in his Morning Star article. The only other suspected Mossad assassinations that took place in Paris were in 1980, of nuclear scientist Yahya El Mashad, in 1973, of PFLP member Basil Al-Kubaissi, and in 1972, of Munich mastermind Mahmoud Hamshari. The Sunday Times sent a reporter to the graveyard of the “martyrs” that Corbyn visited. Bseiso is buried there. The evidence points to Jez honouring one of the terrorists who carried out the Munich massacre… Remarkable…
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) May 28, 2017
Peston:“Former convicted IRA terrorists? Why is that not talking to the IRA?”
Corbyn:“Indeed I’ve met former prisoners who told me they were not in the IRA, but I have met former prisoners with my eyes open.”
Revealing exchange. These “former prisoners” were convicted bombers who killed civilians…
The IRA chat then turned into some banter about Diane Abbott’s hair:
— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) May 28, 2017
— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) May 28, 2017
Asked four times by Andrew Marr, Diane Abbott refuses to say she regrets her support for the IRA, only saying that she has “moved on”. She says that her afro has changed, as have her views…
Amber Rudd buries her opposite number: “I’ve changed my hairstyle a few times in 34 years too. But I’ve not changed my view on how to keep the public safe”.
— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) May 28, 2017
Confronted by Iain Dale with Guido’s list of Corbyn’s meetings with the IRA, Diane Abbott admits he did share platforms with IRA killers. He was telling porkies…
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) May 26, 2017
Tonight Jeremy Corbyn told Andrew Neil: “I never met the IRA”. Seriously?
In 1984, two weeks after the Brighton bombing, Corbyn invited two members of the Provisional IRA, Linda Quigley and Gerard McLoughlin, to parliament. MacLochlainn was a close friend of Corbyn. In 1981 he served two and a half years in jail for conspiracy to cause explosions.
According to a report in the Sinn Fein/IRA newspaper An Phoblacht, in 2000 Corbyn shared a platform with Brendan McKenna at an event commemorating Bloody Sunday. McKenna was jailed for his role in bombing the British Legion hall in Portadown.
In 2005 Corbyn shared a platform with Raymond McCartney at a meeting about Bloody Sunday. McCartney was a member of the Provisional IRA.
In 2007 Corbyn spoke alongside Martina Anderson at an event organised by his CLP. Anderson was jailed for plotting a series of terror attacks in London and twelve English seaside towns.
In 2009, an An Phoblacht report places Corbyn at a Sinn Fein dinner with Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone. The event was hosted by Gerry Adams and IRA member Gerry Kelly. Kelly was jailed for his part in the Old Bailey bombing which killed one and injured 200.
In July 2011, Jeremy Corbyn chaired a Sinn Fein event commemorating the Hunger Strikes. An Phoblacht says Corbyn shared a platform there with the IRA member Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane, who was a part of an IRA gang which killed four Protestant civilians and a UVF member in a pub bombing. Also present was Jennifer McCann, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the murder of a RUC constable.
And, of course:
A demonstrable lie from Jezza…
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) May 26, 2017
Asked repeatedly by Andrew Neil, Corbyn is unable to say how foreign policy was linked to the Manchester attack…
The vice chair of Esher and Walton Labour Party has been suspended after he said the government would be willing to “blow up their own people” for political gain. Daniel Ewen posted:
“I’m going on record and saying that I would not put it past our establishment, our right wing government or Theresa May to blow up their own people in order to continue to secure power for themselves.”
Meanwhile Elizabeth Hayden, a Labour a council candidate Mossley Hill in Liverpool, has been referred to party authorities for sharing a blog titled ‘Was the Manchester Arena atrocity a ‘false flag’ attack?’. The article, which first appeared on the Another Angry Voice blog, said there was no evidence the government carried out the bombing but “there is no doubt that this attack has been highly beneficial to the Tory party.” Both have now deleted their accounts…
It’s Corbyn’s birthday so someone (UPDATE: The Sun) has brought a cake decorated as a P45 to his speech this morning. Happy Birthday Jez…
Security minister Ben Wallace has condemned Jeremy Corbyn’s “appalling” timing for giving an ideological foreign policy speech three days after a terrorist attack, and says his argument is “twisted“. Andrew Neil interviews Corbyn tonight. Asking tough questions about his views on terrorism might have been off limits so soon after the attack. Jez has made it fair game now…
Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech on Friday to argue that British foreign policy was one of the “causes” of the Manchester attack. Jez is in his element – he’s going to give the same speech he has delivered on demos and in campaign meetings dozens of times before:
“The responsibility of government is to ensure… that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country… Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.
That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions. But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.
We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”
The speech is a toned down version of the infamous Seumas Milne articles which blamed the West for 9/11 and the Woolwich attack. It uses the classic “but” technique preferred by Stop the War types: condemn the terrorists, say they are responsible, then add a “but” and talk about the West. He just couldn’t help himself. Campaigning well and truly back underway…
Skwawkbox is one of the preferred online news outlets of Jeremy Corbyn’s office. It has close, regular contact with Corbyn’s team – Barry Gardiner even gave them an interview two weeks ago. Today Skwawkbox blames Theresa May for the Manchester attack, claiming she has “called in troops” to “hide her weakness and blame“. The site says May has announced she is suspending campaigning until Sunday – this is fake news, she has not said that – and that this “was never anything more than cover” that “allowed her to monopolise soundbites of Cobra meetings and threat levels to shore up her crumbling image”. Skwawkbox describes the “decision to call in the army” as a “blatant” attempt “to cover her own culpability”, directly blaming May for the attack: “it is her actions, inaction and cuts that endanger us”. Remember, Skwawkbox is closely read, briefed and aided by Corbyn’s office.
Meanwhile, the son of Jeremy Corbyn’s communist election chief Andrew Murray has said the attack came at an “unbelievably ideal time for those in power”. Jack Murray wrote that the bombing was being used as a “campaign tool” for the Tories. It’s what the Corbynistas are really thinking…
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) May 23, 2017
Twitter and Facebook are full of hundreds of crackers Corbynistas claiming the JTAC decision to raise the threat level is part of some conspiracy to hurt Jez’s election chances. Here is Sam Kriss, a prominent pro-Corbyn journalist for Vice:
i’m sure absolutely no political calculation went into the decision to put Strong Decisive Army Men on the streets weeks before the election
— Sam 🐫 Kriss (@sam_kriss) May 23, 2017
As anyone other than the tin foil hatters knows, the decision was made by JTAC not CCHQ. Shami Chakrabarti was forced to shut the nutters down on Newsnight…
The vice-chair of Stroud Labour Party has tweeted that the Manchester terror attack is “wonderful timing for Theresa May“. Debbie Hicks, who has stood as a candidate in Stroud Central, made the remark this morning as the full picture of the carnage continued to develop. Hicks appeared to double down on her insensitive comments, telling a local newspaper:
“The tragedy in Manchester is sickening and my heart goes out to all the young people involved and the families and friends. I am just concerned that with two weeks until an election, this will be used politically by the government to reinforce a ‘strong and stable’ message when it comes to national security, defence and surveillance and it is worrying.”
UPDATE: David Drew, the Labour candidate for Stroud, says “Debbie Hicks has been suspended pending full investigation. Her views in no way represent my views or those of the Labour Party.” Quite.
Emily Thornberry was out on the campaign trail yesterday making friends with Labour Party members. In a series of exasperated tweets, author Christina Hopkinson described how a chance meeting at the school gates took a turn for the worse when Thornberry “snapped” at her to “resign” from the party. Christina had wanted to engage her on Article 50…
The famous Lady Nugee charm…
Political parties raised £9.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, with the Tories accepting £5.4 million in donations compared to Labour’s £2.6 million. Labour’s election fund is being helped by a £300,000 wedge from former blackshirt Max Mosley. What was it that first attracted him to Corbyn’s Labour?
Tories – £5,463,173
Labour – £2,648,315
LibDems – £603,155
Co-operative Party – £322,800
UKIP – £246,910
Healthy Tory election war chest…
Today is the worst day of the Tory election campaign and Jeremy Corbyn should not be interrupting his opponents while they make a spectacular mistake. Instead, he is equivocating about the IRA. Asked this morning to condemn the IRA, Jez praised the “bravery” of Irish republicans. We know who he means.
— SophyRidge On Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) May 21, 2017
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