(August 13, 2018 / JNS) The United Kingdom’s Opposition and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn admitted that he was present at a memorial ceremony in 2014 in Tunisia for the Palestinian terrorists behind the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, but did not “think” he was involved in the wreath-laying.
“A wreath was indeed laid by some of those who attended the conference for those who were killed in Paris in 1992,” Corbyn, speaking out for the first time since the scandal erupted, said in an interview with Sky News.
“I was present when it was laid, I don’t think I was actually involved in it. I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere. Because we have to end it. You cannot pursue peace through a cycle of violence. The only way you pursue peace is a cycle of dialogue.”
On Friday, the Daily Mail published photos of Corbyn taking part in a 2014 memorial ceremony for the Palestinian terrorists who murdered 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Corbyn and his Labour Party have been embroiled an anti-Semitism scandal in recent years. Recently, the three top Jewish newspapers in the United Kingdom wrote a joint editorial accusing Corbyn of being an “existential threat” to British Jewry.
The Labour Party has denied that Corbyn took part in the memorial, which was held in a Tunisian cemetery. Saying in a statement that the “Munich widows are being misled. 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,” the statement said.
The murder of the Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists in Munich is engraved in Israel’s national memory. The attack began early on Sept. 5, 1972, when eight Black September terrorists entered the Olympic Village and broke into the apartments where the Israeli athletes were sleeping. Two of them were killed during the hostage-taking; nine others were taken hostage and killed 20 hours later during a failed rescue attempt.