LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn was facing fresh questions about his links to terrorist organisation Hamas last night after it was reported that while he was a backbencher, Comrade Corbyn made a shady trip to Israel to meet with Hamas representatives.
This, you may well think is bad enough but it also appears that he has tried to cover-up the source of the funding for the trip. The Parliamentary Registrar of Interests makes no mention of Corbyns costs for the trip despite the rules at the time requiring MPs to declare any gifts above £660.
However, Corbyn’s colleague, Labour MP Andrew Slaughter, declared the total cost of flights and accommodation for the same trip as £927, which he declared was paid for by Friends of Al-Aqsa and Middle East Monitor.
One of the Hamas representatives that Corbyn met on the trip was Raed Salah. He had previously been jailed by Israel for inciting antisemitism and violence. Corbyn obviously did not see this as a problem though, describing him as a “very honoured citizen”.
A Labour Party spokesman refused to answer questions on the cover-up and actually defended Corbyn’s trip: “Jeremy has a long and principled record of solidarity with the Palestinian people and engaging with actors in the conflict to support peace and justice in the Middle East. That is the right thing to do.”
However, as Joan Ryan MP, the chairperson of Labour Friends of Israel pointed out: “Hamas is responsible for some of the most heinous terrorist crimes over recent years, including the murder of teenage girls outside a disco, and families in pizza restaurants and cafes.”
Quite how Mr Corbyn thinks meeting Hamas murderers would help “support peace and justice in the Middle East” is simply beyond me. It is high time he came clean about his links to anti-Semitic terror organisations right before he does the honourable thing and steps down.