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Jeremy Corbyn Apologises Over 2010 Holocaust Event

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for appearing on platforms with people whose views he “completely rejects”.

Mr Corbyn’s statement was in response to the Times reporting that he hosted an event in 2010 at which a Holocaust survivor compared Israel to Nazism.

Hajo Meyer’s House of Commons talk was entitled ‘The Misuse of the Holocaust for Political Purposes’.

Labour MP Louise Ellman told BBC Newsnight she was “absolutely appalled” to hear about Mr Corbyn’s involvement.

The Labour leader’s apology comes after one of his supporters in the party’s National Executive Committee suggested that Jewish “Trump fanatics” were behind accusations of anti-Semitism in Labour ranks.

Peter Willsman has apologised and said not all his remarks were accurately reported.

At the event, which happened on Holocaust Memorial Day 2010, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and anti-Zionist Hajo Meyer, who died in 2014 aged 90, compared Israeli policy to the Nazi regime.

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The Times said that Palestinian activist Haidar Eid also addressed the meeting, saying: “The world was absolutely wrong to think that Nazism was defeated in 1945.

“Nazism has won because it has finally managed to Nazify the consciousness of its own victims.”

Mr Corbyn said views were expressed which he did not “accept or condone”.

He added: “In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject.

“I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.”

– BBC

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