Hat tip to the Clarion Project
Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain’s The Labour Party, has many problematic associations with Islamists and known terrorists. These connections are made all the more galling in the light of his victory in Labour’s leadership election, putting him in the position of being the only leader of a major British political party to have called terrorists his “friends.”
A backbench MP for the majority of his career, revelations about his associations began to surface once he was a candidate for the Labour leadership. Presented here is a list of these associations:
In July 2015, his associations with Ibrahim Hewitt made national news. Hewitt is a hardline Islamist preacher who believes that adulterers and apostates should be killed and compared homosexuals to pedophiles. Corbyn described him as “a very good friend.” He visited Gaza with Hewitt’s charity Interpal. Interpal is regarded by the US government as part of the funding network of Hamas, the Muslim BrotherhoodMuslim BrotherhoodGlossary ItemA worldwide Islamist organization founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna that seeks to implement Sharia-based governance globally.
affiliate that runs the Gaza Strip. In 2003, the United States government designated Interpal as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” along with several Hamas figures and Hamas supporting charities in Europe.
Nevertheless, Corbyn condemned the “damaging designation of Interpal” as a terrorist organization and attended a 20th anniversary event for the group.
Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an Interpal event:
Corbyn has direct contact with Hamas as well. He has directly called the terrorist group his “friends” along with the terrorist group Hezbollah. He has also met with representatives of both groups. He claims he used the word “friends” in the context of discussion and debate and did not mean that he supported the groups.
Jeremy Corbyn calls Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends”
Hamas officials have since praised Corbyn as a “man of conscience” after learning he is leading in the polls.
Jeremy Corbyn on Channel Four News defends his use of the word “friends:”
In an interview on Russia Today he compared the actions of the Islamic State to that of American forces. He said about ISIS atrocities “Yes they are brutal, yes some of what they have done is quite appalling, likewise what the Americans did in Fallujah and other places is appalling.”
Jeremy Corbyn compares ISIS to American troops:
Corbyn has also come out in support of CAGE, the Hizb ut-Tahrir linked group founded by Taliban supporter and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg. Corbyn signed a letter to support the group. There was a public outcry after a CAGE leader Asim Qureshi described Mohammed Emwazi, better known as Jihadi John%