Jeremy Corbyn was embroiled in fresh allegations over links to extremists last night after it emerged he hosted a cleric who attacked Europe for “Jew worshipping”.
Dyab Abou Jahjah – who also referred to the death of each British soldier in the Iraq war as a “victory” – was hosted at a gathering in parliament by the Islington North MP in 2009.
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The meeting came three years after, in the furore that followed the publication cartoons of Mohammed in Denmark, he wrote: “Europe has made political correctness, the cult of the Holocaust and Jew-worshipping its alternative religion”.
Arab European League, then headed by Abou Jahjah, published on its website a cartoon showing Anne Frank in bed with Hitler and the caption “Write this in your diary, Anne.” The organisation was fined by a Dutch court for another cartoon which suggested the Holocaust was made up or exaggerated.
Abou Jahjah was later banned from the UK – a decision that was condemned by Corbyn. The link to Corbyn was revealed by former MP Louise Mensch.
The extremist – who referred to the MP as a “friend” in a tweet following the surge in his leadership bid – again took to the micro blogging site yesterday to say the offending article from 2006 was “political satire”.
“Zionists are trying to undermine @jeremycorbyn by lining him to me and spreading lies about me being anti-Semitic and negationist #ludicrous.
“My collaboration with @jeremycorbyn was always guided by common belief in dialogue, justice and equality for all.
A further message said: “As for my position towards Palestine, it is guided by the decolonisation logic and not by racism. The racists are the Zionists themselves.”
The Sun quoted a spokesperson for Corbyn saying: “Jeremy condemns all forms of violence and certainly all forms of anti-Semitism.״