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Jeremy Corbyn gets rattled when asked by journo about his ‘friends’ Hamas & Hezbollah


In multiple posts, we’ve noted the UK media’s failure to confront British Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn on his record of expressing sympathy towards Palestinian terror groups.

Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Corbyn hosted an event organized by Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the British House of Commons with Mousa Abu Maria, an activist with ties to the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
  • In a speech to Stop the War Coalition in 2009, Corbyn referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends“.

However, recently, as Corbyn’s candidacy has begun to be taken more seriously, a few news sites and blogs have confronted him on his radicalism.  Just last night, Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru Murthy questioned Corbyn on his reference to Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends”.

In addition to Corbyn’s failure to maintain his composure when asked a reasonable question about his opinion about two terror groups, it’s telling that, when given the chance to disassociate himself from his previous remarks, he dug in deeper by bizarrely suggesting that Hamas and Hezbollah are essential parts of any “peace process”. It’s as if the MP has no understanding whatsoever about the murderous antisemitism of both groups, and their leaders’ insistence that the Jewish state must be destroyed. 

Of course, in addition to their antisemitism, both groups, as Professor Alan Johnson has noted,  oppose “everything the labour movement has ever stood for: trade union rights, freedom of speech and organisation, women’s equality, gay and lesbian rights, anti-racism, the enlightenment, and reason”.

Whilst we’re glad that the Channel 4 News presenter confronted Corbyn on his comments on Hamas and Hezbollah, it would be nice if a British journalist would ask him a broader question: how can he claim to represent liberal left politics while simultaneously legitimizing movements on the extreme right of the political spectrum?

16 replies »

  1. One wonders how that interview would have sounded had the interviewer been Snow and not Guru Murthy.
    I suppose even with C4 News one’s luck can change for the better occasionally.

  2. Maybe the interviewer should have asked the question: “Thinking that Hamas and Hezbollah should be parts in a peace process means that they are your friends?”

    • I doubt that Labour is capable of serious, intelligent, analytical thought. If this wretch were to become their leader they’d be done for.

      Schadenfreude can be immensely liberating: I watched the Corbyn/Murthy exchanges with delight and I noted particularly the Freudian slip by the obviously rattled Corbyn at 3:15 about the decision not to bomb Syria. I’m assuming that Corbyn would be dead against intervention in Syria by the UK, but listen to him slip up and then hastily correct himself. It’s a real gift. If Labour had any sense it would put him out to grass and watch him degenerate into a Galloway wreck.

  3. “Do I agree with the thousands of missiles shot at the Israelis over the past 10 years, or the suicide bombers blowing up pizzerias and dance clubs? Not necessarily, No, but I do believe you must bring these people who raise their children to hate, and who shoot missiles from the bedrooms of civilians, and who are willing to die for the process of Israel’s eventual elimination from the world map to the peace table in order to maintain a peace process that has yet to take hold in the Middle East after 70+ years of our bungling white asses fucking things up. That is imperative to my point of considering Hamas and Hezbollah Friends. You know, I’m not inviting them over for tea and crumpets. I’m inviting them to a peace process, and please stop interrupting me! It’s very uncouth.”

  4. “Do I agree with the thousands of missiles shot at the Israelis over the past 10 years, or the suicide bombers blowing up pizzerias and dance clubs? Not necessarily,”

    Not necessarily???

    Stan

    • Did you see the interview? My quote marks are mocking him. Corbyn basically says that 1. he’s being victimized by not being listened to; and 2. Israel’s concerns regarding the recent behavior of Hamas and Hezbollah shouldn’t matter in the neverending quest for peace.

  5. He would have rushed to kiss Rudolph Hess and called him a friend. Terrorists are not EVER going to make peace and if they are his friends then he is my enemy because I hate all war criminals

  6. Of course, in addition to their antisemitism, both groups, as Professor Alan Johnson has noted, oppose “everything the labour movement has ever stood for: trade union rights, freedom of speech and organisation, women’s equality, gay and lesbian rights, anti-racism, the enlightenment, and reason”.

    That displays the absolute emptiness and hollowness of today`s Labour.

  7. @Adam Levick –

    Badgering Jeremy Corbin about his reference to Hamas and Hezbollah guests as “friends” opens all sorts of wonderful doors to further scrutiny, I reckon…

    For a kick-off, an intrepid journalist like Krishnan Guru Murthy could perhaps be encouraged to keep the ball rolling by challenging various members of Labour Friends of Israel (around 30 MPs currently) about the way they routinely address Corbin as “My Honorable Friend” in political debates.

    Do they really regard him as a “friend” – and an “honorable” one to boot – or are they just a bunch of hypocrites thoughtlessly abiding by the conventions of UK parliamentary protocol? Should Israel chuck these craven MPs off its “Friends” list until they publicly repent?

    Then how about some “searching” Channel 4 questions to Western/Israeli politicians and diplomats about their “friendly” gestures – sunshiny smiles and warm handshakes. – to envoys of head-chopping, woman-oppressing regimes like Saudi Arabia? (Here’s one delightful picture to keep Krishnan occupied for a bit: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/israeli-saudi-relations/395015/ and I’m sure he could find lots more.)

    Yup – it’s definitely time for some serious analysis of “friendship” linguistics and body-language in Middle East discourse, Adam. And I very much look forward to your leadership on this…

  8. Please encourage everyone you know to sign up to qualify to vote in the election for the Labour leadership – it costs £3 – and then vote for Jeremy Corbyn. Let’s do what we can to make him the legitimate Leader of the Opposition.