Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has found himself in yet another controversy, as the UK Daily Mail has unearthed a video of him in 2010 stating that it seemed like the pro-Israel British members of parliament were given “a pre-prepared script” from Israel.
The Daily Mail quoted Corbyn as saying that the MPs came “with a prepared script” over the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident and that he was “sure our friend [Israeli Ambassador] Ron Prosor wrote it.”
“It was rather like reading a European document looking for buzz-words,” Corbyn said, “and the buzz-words were, ‘Israel’s need for security.’ And then ‘the extremism of the people on one ship.’ And ‘the existence of Turkish militants on the vessel.’”
However, the Daily Mail was unable to find any examples of these “buzz-words” in transcripts of that parliamentary debate.
Gideon Falter, who heads the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, told the Daily Mail that “Jeremy Corbyn seems to have visions of the Jewish state literally putting words into many of our politicians’ mouths.”
“Jeremy Corbyn seems to have visions of the Jewish state literally putting words into many of our politicians’ mouths,” Falter said.
This is the latest in a series of anti-Semitic scandals for Corbyn, as he has also come under fire saying in 2013 that Zionists didn’t understand “English irony” as well as laying a wreath in a 2014 ceremony commemorating the 1972 Munich terrorists.
Former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks lambasted Corbyn in an interview with the New Statesman, calling Corbyn’s recent “English irony” comments “the language of classic pre-war European anti-Semitism.”
And yet, the polling data suggests that Corbyn has a good chance at becoming the next prime minister of England in 2022.