Benjamin Netanyahu at a weekly cabinet meeting, June 3, 2018.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has largely avoided publicly criticizing British Labour party head Jeremy Corbyn, let loose on Tuesday, saying Corbyn's participation in a ceremony commemorating the perpetrators of the Munich massacre deserved widespread condemnation.
“The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorists who carried out the Munich massacre and the comparison he made between Israel and Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone – from the left, the right and across the entire political spectrum,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
This was the prime minister's first response to photographs that emerged over the weekend showing Corbyn, dogged by allegations for years of being fiercely anti-Israel and even antisemitic, holding a wreath in 2014 near the grave of terrorists who massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Corbyn on wreath laying for Munich terrorists, August 13, 2018 (Reuters)
The Sun reported that Corbyn was said to be attending a service to commemorate Palestinian “martyrs” at a cemetery in Tunisia. Corbyn said he was at the cemetery to commemorate 47 Palestinians killed in a 1985 Israeli air strike on a Tunisian PLO base.
Corbyn told the Morning Star, “I was in Tunisia at a Palestinian conference. I laid a wreath to all those that had died in the air attack that took place on Tunis, on the headquarters of the Palestinian organizations there. And I was accompanied by very many other people who were at a conference searching for peace.”
In addition, a video of a speech he gave in 2013 came to light where he compared Israel’s action on the West Bank to the Nazi occupation of Europe.
“The West Bank [is] under occupation of the very sort that is recognizable by many people in Europe who suffered occupation during the Second World War, with the endless roadblocks, imprisonment, irrational behavior by the military and the police,” he said.