Jeremy Corbyn in fresh anti-semitism row after attending rally where Israel was compared to Nazis
Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for appearing at a pro-Palestine rally in which protesters held banners comparing Israel to the Nazis.
The 2009 event, which the Labour leader spoke at, was also attended by protesters who held banners branding the Jewish state “child killers” and “thirsty for blood”.
Mr Corbyn was pictured near the front of the march, where one banner read: "Gaza-21st Century Concentration Camp” and another called for a boycott of Israel.
One placard on display at the Birmingham march read “Fascist State” – next to an Israel flag with the Star of David turned into a swastika, while another had a star and the Nazi symbol, with “Holocost” written beside it.
Another showed leading Israeli figures next to a picture of Adolf Hitler, with the message “History repeats itself – stop the genocide”.
Senior Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge told The Sun: “It’s appalling. You have got to question why Jeremy chooses to spend his time with people who have such a twisted world view and who are grossly anti-semitic.”
Labour Against Anti-Semitism said the images were "shocking" and condemned Mr Corbyn for having "marched along with hate preachers" and being "surrounded by visual representations of anti-Jewish racism".
A Labour party spokesman said: “Jeremy has a long and principled record of support for Palestinian rights and human rights, and that is the right thing to do.
“Like other politicians, he has attended many demonstrations, and is obviously not responsible for the banners that other people bring along.”
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