Jeremy Corbyn, a member of Parliament with ties to anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists and terrorist leaders, appears to be the front-runner in the race to head the UK’s Labour Party.
Recent polls suggest Jeremy Corbyn is poised to lead the UK’s Labour Party in the upcoming vote. Corbyn has publicly supported proponents of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and described terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends.” His participation in the race initially came as a surprise, as he never held any significant positions during his time in Parliament.
In February, Corbyn wrote a letter in support of Rev. Stephen Sizer, who was banned by the Anglican Church from using the internet for six months after he posted an article on Facebook accusing Israel and wealthy Jews of orchestrating the 9/11 terror attacks. Corbin said Sizer was “under attack by certain individuals intent on discrediting the excellent work [he] does in highlighting the injustices of the Palestinian-Israeli situation.”
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Corbyn is also close friends with Holocaust denier Paul Eisen. Eisen wrote in a blog post that the two have been friends for 15 years and that Corbyn donated money to his “pro-Palestinian” organization, as well as attending its events regularly.
Just this week, Corbyn was scheduled to participate in a “pro-Palestinian” conference, whose speakers included Carlos Latuff, the second runner-up in the 2006 Holocaust cartoon contest in Iran, and Professor Mohsen Saleh, a supporter of Hezbollah. Corbyn pulled out of the event under public pressure.
Corbyn is also a routine visitor to southern Lebanon, where he meets regularly with Hezbollah leaders. “It will be my pleasure and honor to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking,” he said at a 2009 event. “I’ve also invited our friends from Hamas to come and speak as well… So far as I’m concerned, that is absolutely the right function of using Parliamentary facilities.”
“The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below,” said former Labour Prime Minister Toby Blair in an article in The Guardian. “If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation.”
The new Labour Party head will be announced on September 12.