Jeremy Corbyn cranks up the confusion around tale of his terror tribute

Written by Dods staff on 13 August 2018 in Diary
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Watch: The Labour said he was present when a wreath was laid - but not 'actually involved in it'.

What to make of the Daily Mail’s discovery that Jeremy Corbyn was at a memorial for the Palestinian terrorists who are thought to have carried out the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre? 

For the last two days, the paper has splashed on news of the Labour leader's appearance at the controversial memorial service in 2014. Today he finally faced the cameras while on a trip to the Midlands. And made things a bit more confusing.

Corbyn acknowledged that a wreath was laid for members of the Palestinian group who died in 1992. But despite the Mail having photos of him holding a wreath, he said he did not think that he was actually involved in the wreath being laid.

“A wreath was indeed laid… I was present when it was laid - I don’t think I was actually involved in it," he said.

 

 

He added: “I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere..”

Unsurprisingly, the Labour leader’s line did quite win over the doubters.

"He says he was paying respect to victims of terrorism when there is clear photographic evidence of him holding a wreath at the grave of the terrorists themselves,” fumed Labour friends of Israel director Jennifer Gerber.

But a Labour spokesperson insisted: “Jeremy did not honour those responsible for the Munich killings. He and other Parliamentarians went to the Palestinian cemetery in Tunisia to remember the victims of the 1985 Israeli bombing of the PLO headquarters, many of whom were civilians.”

Meanwhile Sky News reporter Tamara Cohen was on hand to confuse matters further.

 

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