New evidence has emerged that Jeremy Corbyn “knowingly tried to hide” his trip to Tunisia, where he laid a wreath at the grave of the Munich Massacre mastermind.
And yes, this article proves Corbyn DID lay a wreath at the grave of a terrorist – below is all the evidence.
Guido Fawkes today revealed that Corbyn escaped punishment for his 2014 trip to Tunisia after he managed to keep the cost below the threshold for declaring it. However, it shows that Corbyn wanted to keep this trip secret, specifically telling his staff members to “keep it cheap” so he could avoid having to declare it and refer to it in debates in Parliament.
“thanks, just received a text from [redacted] also.
It sounds alright but will need to be very clear who is paying for it as I will have to declare anything over £600, unless thy [sic] can keep it cheap. If declared has to be referred to by debates etc.
CS/JB please block out dates I assume 29 to 3rd or so.
As Guido says, “Why was Corbyn so keen to keep the trip out of the public eye before agreeing to go on it? Why has Corbyn still refused to submit the original receipts for his flights, only submitting “estimates” which conveniently worked out just £4 below the threshold? Surely Corbyn wasn’t trying to cook the books to hide a trip he knew was going to be so controversial?”
There is something not right about Corbyn’s actions here as well as the evidence he provided.
Maybe he knew that something controversial was going to happen there? After all, Corbyn rubbed shoulders with terrorists and knowingly laid a wreath at the grave of a terrorist during that trip, honouring a man who had Jewish blood on his hands, and all the evidence for this is below.
The TRUTH about Corbyn’s wreath laying, the terrorist he honoured and his deception
Last year we learned that Jeremy Corbyn laid a wreath at the grave of a Munich Massacre terror mastermind. Labour are trying to claim that “Corbyn only honoured those killed in 1985”. This is simply not true.
This article proves the following:
- Jeremy Corbyn laid a wreath at the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad)
- Corbyn knew that the grave was Khalaf’s (Iyad’s)
- Corbyn lied about only honouring the victims of the 1985 bombing, his own words, as well as pictures, prove this (In fact, Corbyn may not have even been involved in the honouring of the 1985 victims)
- Labour is also misleading in order to protect Corbyn
- Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was a member of Black September and responsible for the Munich Massacre and attacks that endangered British lives and took place on British soil (Yes, this article proves this fact!)
Note: This is a long article but it gives as much detail as we think is needed to prove all of the points above.
Oddly, Corbyn is misleading by telling facts. However, he is not telling all the facts, and he is doing this purposely to pull the wool over people’s eyes. This article aims to nail down the facts, using Corbyn’s own words as well as pictures and sources to prove that Corbyn did indeed lay a wreath at the grave of one of a Munich Massacre masterminds and that he did so knowingly.
We are also going to rebuff a Labour spokesperson’s explanation of events as they are clearly giving misinformation.
In fact, they are saying that Corbyn only commemorated the 1985 attack victims, when the further we get into this we find that he may not have even have taken part in the commemoration for the 1985 victims!
Evidence that Corbyn knew who he was honouring in his own spoken words
First, let’s establish that Corbyn did not only commemorate those who died in the 1985 bombing of Tunis.
This is important because Labour is falsely claiming this to be the case. Corbyn proves in his own words that he actually commemorated people killed in 1985, 1991 and 1992.
Corbyn’s first video interview was published on 13 August by Sky News and doesn’t mention 1985. He says, “a wreath was indeed laid by some of those who attended the conference of those who were killed in Paris in 1992”. Clearly, this is different to what Labour is claiming.
The person killed in Paris in 1992 was Atef Bseiso, an alleged member of Black September. He is not the worst person Corbyn commemorated, however, so we will not dwell on him at this time.
Corbyn gives more evidence to the three memorials in his second video interview
We could write a lot more about the video below, but we are only wanting to highlight at this point that Corbyn acknowledged three separate commemorations (although he thinks he is only talking about two).
Unlike the first video, Corbyn does not mention the fact he was commemorating those who died in Paris in 1992. However, he does say he laid a wreath for the victims of those who died in Tunis in 1985.
Corbyn then goes on to say about “Yasser Arafat’s second in command” and he remembered all those who died. Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was Yasser Arafat’s second in command at the time of his death. Corbyn’s mistake in the interview is that he thinks that Khalaf was killed in the 1985 attack. Khalaf was actually killed in a 1991 shooting attack in Tunis and was killed alongside Hayel Abdel-Hamid and Fakhri al Omari who are buried alongside him.
So we know from the video interviews alone that Corbyn mentions victims from three separate incidents; the 1985 bombing in Tunis, the 1991 shooting attack in Tunis and the 1992 shooting attack in Paris.
It is important to highlight these three separate incidents because Labour is claiming he only commemorated one of them. The reason for this is because they can protect Corbyn by saying that “even Margaret Thatcher condemned that bombing”. However, they can’t protect Corbyn from commemorating the other two as easily.
Further evidence in Corbyn’s Written Words
Corbyn wrote about his visit to Tunisia in a 2014 article in the Morning Star following the visit.
Talking about the cemetery visit, Corbyn wrote, “a group of us gathered at the hillside cemetery overlooking the villages and walked down to the town and the beautiful blue Mediterranean where in 1986 Israeli jets screamed in to bomb the relocated headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, causing many deaths… After wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991, we moved to the poignant statue in the main avenue of the coastal town of Ben Arous, which was festooned with Palestinian and Tunisian flags.”
Corbyn actually makes three mistakes in these paragraphs.
- He mistakingly writes that the bombing in Tunis took place in “1986” when in fact he meant to say 1985.
- He writes that “wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day”. Here Corbyn is talking about the wreath being lad at Khalaf’s grave, but again he makes the mistake the same as above where he thinks that Salah Khalaf was killed in the bombing in Tunis in 1985, when in fact he was killed in the shooting attack in 1991 in Tunis.
- He mistakingly says “Paris in 1991”, when he, in fact, means “Paris in 1992”.
Corbyn has a lot of knowledge on Palestinian history, but clearly, his finer details are a little off. His mistake with 1992 and 1991 could be because he was stood over the plaque that says “1991” (more evidence on that later) and that is the date that stuck in his mind when writing.
Despite making these mistakes, Corbyn still knows the people’s graves he is laying a wreath on and saying a prayer over. And again, the problem with all this is that Labour are attacking the press for “misleading” when they should themselves be apologising for doing just that and for defending their leader laying a wreath on the grave of a terrorist.
Photographic evidence that Corbyn laid a wreath on Salah Khalaf’s grave
First, let’s start with the pictures of Corbyn taking part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of those killed in 1991 and 1992.
The next few images show Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath at the grave of Salah Khalaf.
Here Corbyn is seen to be placing the wreath on the grave, or at least, actively taking part in placing the wreath laying.
The next image shows Corbyn looking at the wreath as it is lying on top of the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad). It should be noted that the person standing to the right of Corbyn is the leader of a terror group who two weeks after this picture was taken, ordered the killing of four Jewish rabbis in Jerusalem, one of whom was British.
Also, this picture clearly shows a man talking to Corbyn whilst he is looking thoughtful. It is more than likely this is when the man explains to Corbyn who is buried in that grave.
And finally, we see Corbyn pictured taking part in an Islamic prayer over the grave of Salah Khalaf.
So how do we know this is the grave of Salah Khalaf?
We can see from the aerial image below, taken from Google Maps, that the red-roofed structure, circled in red, is at the south of the area is only structure and is located on the southern part of the cemetery.
The cemetery itself is large, but the “Martyrs Cemetery” is the grassy area and is a small section within the larger “Palestinian Cemetery”.
All the graves for the victims of those killed in 1985 are actually above the red-roofed structure, to the right of the larger grassy area. The graves of those killed in 1991 and 1992 are directly below the red structure. Presumably, this is because most people visiting the area are paying respects to these specific graves as they house the remains of the leaders and members of the Black September Organisation. Therefore, they are protected from the sun and rain and ceremonies can continue regardless of the weather.
If you look closely at the graves in the picture you can also see Palestinian flags on top of the graves.
The tweet below shows two images. One is of Corbyn and one of another group where the Palestinian flag is visible. Hughster has kindly pointed out that the markings on the supporting beam and the roof of the building show the same areas that Corbyn was standing. The second image is believed to be taken the following day with a different delegation.
Corbyn was at the one to the Black September leaders. You can see that in the photographs. pic.twitter.com/9jHRrMx0tR
— Hughster (@hughster) August 15, 2018
The image below shows a view of the graves of those who died in 1985 with Ismail Haniyeh, a leader of Hamas, praying at in front of them. The red brick structure is clearly in the background of this image and you can see based on the satellite image that this area is separate from those killed in 1991 and 1992.
Here is another image of Haniyeh showing another image that matches up to the satellite images above.
In fact, the images of Corbyn (again pictured below) also show green grass and graves behind him. So we can see the layout of the martyr’s cemetery from the images of Corbyn, the images of Haniyeh and the satellite images that Corbyn is clearly not laying a wreath for those killed in 1985, he is laying it for those killed in 1991 and 1992, in particular, the wreath is on the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad).
Corbyn did visit the memorial to those killed in 1985
You will remember from Corbyn’s article mentioned above that after laying wreaths on graves, Corbyn said they “moved to the poignant statue in the main avenue”. Here is a picture of him at that statue.
The tweet below helpfully shows a picture of Corbyn at that statue, along with the statue by itself and the aerial view from Google Maps shows Corbyn at the 1985 memorial. This is not the same memorial location as the graves, but 3 miles away.
Nearly all visits start or finish at a memorial situated on a roundabout 5km east of the actual cemetery. This memorial is specifically dedicated to the victims of the 1985 Israeli attack on the PLO HQ in Tunis, in which approximately 50 people were killed.
— Nicholas 🇬🇧🇪🇺 #FBPE (@njstone9) August 14, 2018
A point on the tweet thread above shows a common tour itinerary through the cemetery and to the statue in 1985. Corbyn looks to have been on that same itinerary as every other dignitary. And people on those tours visit the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad).
This next image, however, raises some questions…
Does this image prove Corbyn was NOT actively commemorating those killed in 1985?
Corbyn appears to not have even been an active part of the commemoration for those killed in 1985. He is pictured here in the background of where those who are laying wreaths and praying are. Yet Labour is trying to claim that Corbyn was only on this excursion to commemorate those in 1985. It is very odd to try and claim this when all the picture evidence shows him laying a wreath and praying at the graves of those killed in 1991 and 1992 and not much interaction with the 1985 memorial.
Obviously, the image does not prove he was not commemorating those killed in 1985, but it does show he was not actively part of the prayer and wreath laying for them as he is some distance away.
The woman seen praying at the memorial was in the background in one of the images where Corbyn lays his wreath (pictured again below, she is at the far right of the image). Our guess is that this lady is another dignitary and they chose Corbyn (or he volunteered) to lay a wreath at the graves of those killed in 1991 and 1992 and this lady was chosen (or volunteered) to lay the wreath at the memorial to those killed in 1985.
Again though, the only picture evidence we have of Corbyn taking part in wreath-laying depicts the opposite to what Labour and Corbyn are now trying to claim.
Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, did the same tour as Corbyn and helps prove where Corbyn laid his wreath
We see from the photos below that Ismail Haniyeh, the former leader of Hamas, and now the terror groups second in command, also took part in a similar tour of the cemetery as Corbyn did, highlighting that this is probably a common route for dignitaries to take.
We see here that in 2012, two years before Corbyn, Ismail Haniyeh also visited the memorial statue to those killed in 1985.
Below he lays a wreath at the 1985 statue.
We also see a close up of the plaque on this memorial showing that it is to commemorate those killed in 1985. The plaque clearly says that date.
Back at the cemetery we also see Haniyeh visiting a separate memorial to those killed in 1985 in the image below. This memorial is also not where Corbyn laid a wreath or prayed and we can see the red roof structure in the background at a different angle to where Corbyn stood.
In the image below Haniyeh prays at the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), the terrorist leader of the Black September Organisation. We know this because that is what it says on the plaque and because that is where the grave is located. You will not this is the same grave that Corbyn laid a wreath and prayed at.
The Palestinian Information Center’s account of Haniyeh’s visit states that he “visited the shrines of the Palestinian martyrs who were buried in Tunisia. Haniyeh placed wreaths on the graves of the martyrs Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf), Atef Bseiso and Omri.” The wording is headed by a picture of Haniyeh laying a wreath where Corbyn laid his wreath. If you were in any doubt; this is the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad).
The image below shows Haniyeh praying at the grave of Atef Bseiso, which is next to the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad). The reason to show this is to highlight the red roof structure behind him. The bodyguards of Haniyeh to his left are standing between the plaque of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) and his grave, which is why you can’t see it so clearly but we can clearly see the Palestinian flags, the only graves in the cemetery adorned in such a way.
The final image from the Haniyeh visit shows the plaque of Salah Khalaf’s grave. This clearly shows the date of 1991, which is what Corbyn would have been looking at when praying and is probably why he accidentally wrote “Paris” and “1991” in his Morning Star article rather than 1992.
It also shows that this was a commemoration for those killed in 1991 and not 1985, further evidence against Labour and Corbyn’s claims.
So, is Labour lying?
Labour has come out swinging and lodged a formal complaint with the press regulator Ipso. According to the Guardian, “Labour said subsequent reporting of the incident across the media had seriously misrepresented the event, misidentified those buried in the cemetery and underplayed the role of mainstream Palestinian leaders conducting the ceremony.”
The Guardian also reported, “Labour acknowledges that the cemetery contains the graves of senior Palestinian Liberation Organisation individuals Salah Khalaf and Atef Besiso who were assassinated in the early 1990s and have been accused by Israel of having had links with Black September, something the PLO has always denied. However, it insists Corbyn did not take part in laying wreaths on their specific graves.”
(An important note here is that Labour claims the “the PLO has always denied” that these men were members of Black September. But below in this article, we prove this is not true).
According to Channel 4 news, “A Labour party spokesperson said just one day earlier: “Jeremy did not lay any wreath at the graves of those alleged to have been linked to the Black September organisation or the 1972 Munich killings.”
They insist that Corbyn only laid a wreath for those killed in 1985, that he never laid a wreath on those accused of being part of the Black September Organisation, again blatantly saying “Jeremy did not take part in laying wreaths on their graves”.
However, the evidence shown above, which links Corbyn’s written words, Corbyn’s spoken words, pictures of Corbyn carrying out the acts, images around the cemetery and satellite images, information from the Palestinian Information Centre as well as the writing on the plaque, appear to show that Labour is WRONG.
Are they misleading the public? Are trying to silence the media? Are they doing this to protect Corbyn? Whatever the case, for a mainstream British political party to act in this manner is appalling.
Was Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) responsible for the Munich Massacre?
A key part in all of this is who Salah Khalaf is and if he was a member of the Black September (Terror) Organisation which carried out the Munich Massacre.
(It is important to point out that “Black September” also refers to an event in 1970 where Palestinians were killed in Jordan, whereas the “Black September Organisation” is the terror group that carried out terror attacks on foreign soil, including the Munich Massacre. Every mention of “Black September” in this article is in reference to the terror group.)
Salah Khalaf founded Black September. pic.twitter.com/j5rczBR2o9
— Hughster (@hughster) August 16, 2018
Unfortunately, many journalists are running with the line that Salah Khalaf, known by the code name Abu Iyad, himself “denied being a member of the Black September terror group”. This is false.
They are also using phrases such as “Israel claims” or “the US and Israel say” that Khalaf was responsible for the Munich Massacre, but that the PLO deny it. Again this is false.
The truth is that Salah Khalaf was a senior member of Fatah who was an original founder of the Black September Organisation and a mastermind of multiple terror attacks on European soil.
How do we know this? Firstly, Khalaf said so himself.
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) said himself he was a leader of Black September
Khalaf (Iyad) was interviewed by Alan Hart for his 1994 book, “Arafat: a Political Biography”. Hart worked for ITN and the BBC and interviewed dozens of senior Fatah members and had more than 200 hours worth of conversations recorded between himself and Yasser Arafat, the founder of the PLO and head of Fatah.
It is important to point out that Alan Hart wrote a number of books on Arafat, and did so “in cooperation with Yasser Arafat”. Arafat was both secretive and untrusting and would not allow something to be published that was factually inaccurate, especially something having his seal of approval on it.
In the book, Hart details Khalaf’s involvement in Black September and even provides quotes directly from Khalaf himself.
The book states:
The truth about the Black September (Terror) Organization can be summed up as follows. It was a part of Fatah. The entire leadership, including Arafat, debated the playing of the terror card. But the decision to use terror was not taken by the leadership. With the exception of Abu Iyad who, at the time, was widely regarded as Arafat’s number two, all of Fatah’s top leaders were opposed to the use of the terror weapon.
Talking about the Munich Massacre, and showing how the orders came directly from Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), Hart writes:
It was Abu Iyad’s anouncement of where the hostages were to be seized that shocked a number of his colleagues. The hostages were to be Israeli athletes and they were to be taken in Munich, at the Olympic Games, thus guaranteeing a live worldwide television audience for the drama.
It continues how the leadership of the PLO argued about this, but it was eventually decided that the Munich Olympics would be chosen.
In the chapter “The Terror Weapon”, the Hart states:
Abu Iyad won the argument. Could he have done so without Arafat’s support? I think not.
Though Abu Iyad did have the executive responsibility for organizing the Munich operation, work on preparing and then implementing the detailed plan was done by many.
Hart also states how Abu Iyad, at the time he was Arafat’s number two, was the only person out of Fatah’s top leaders who approved of terror as a weapon.
The book states:
As one of ‘You can say the Black September Organization was the soul of the commandos who were ready to sacrifice themselves to keep the resistance movement alive.’ Abu Iyad himself says he believes the movement would have been finished if the terror weapon had not been used.
Is Hart’s book credible?
As stated above, Arafat would not have continued cooperation with Alan Hart if he published falsehoods.
Hart also had a glowing endorsement from someone close to Yasser Arafat, the current Palestinian envoy to the UK, Manuel Hassassian.
Hassassian wrote a review of Hart’s book in 1994, ten years after it was first published. By this time the book had gone through four editions and was widely circulated enough to have its accuracy highlighted if it was at fault.
Hassassian attested to its accuracy, and even cited Khalaf’s involvement as being part of the reason for its accuracy.
The dramatic story of Arafat is presented in depth by the author in cooperation with the top leadership of the PLO – Khaled al-Hassan, Hani al-Hassan, Khalil al-Wazir and Salah Khalaf. He analyzes the dynamics of the PLO and its survival against all odds. He also describes Arafat’s imperative role in keeping intact the rank and file of the PLO in the face of all attempts at the disintegration of the organization.
Later he reaffirms those involved stating:
In gathering this wealth of information, the author has depended on exclusive interviews with top PLO leaders, such as Abu Jihad and Abu Iyad (code names for Khalil al-Wazir and Salah Khalaf). In addition, the author has extracted many inside stories from Intissar al-Wazir (Abu Jihad’s wife), Ina’m Arafat (Arafat’s sister) and Suha Tawil (Arafat’s wife).
Hassassian talks of how certain details within the book give “further credibility to the book” before he concludes by saying:
Arafat: a Political Biography is a well-documented book, professionally researched and written, which makes it an invaluable reference work on the Palestinian cause and leadership. The author should be commended for such a comprehensive biography of Arafat, the man who led his nation from revolution to state-building.
So would Hassassian know if this book was accurate? Of course.
Manuel Hassassian was appointed Palestinian Ambassador to the UK by President Mahmoud Abbas himself. Hassassian was previously Yasser Arafat’s special envoy, delivering a speech on Arafat’s behalf. And as well as being in this close circle of trusted officials, Hassassian is a professor who was the head of Bethlehem University for 25 years. He has written a number of books and educational documents including in-depth analysis of the history of Palestinian resistance.
In short, Hassassian has extensive knowledge of this subject, is a senior politician within the PLO and he is personal friends with the books main characters. One would hope his judgement on this subject would be sound and, by his own account, he found no inaccuracies in the book.
Also, Hassassian is a good friend of Jeremy Corbyn and has come to his defence over this issue, just to throw that in there.
Is the Munich Massacre the only terror attack Salah Khalaf was involved in?
No. In fact, there were a number of terror attacks carried out by Black September that Khalaf (Iyad) is linked to and these attacks either endangered British citizens or took place on British soil.
One is the plane hijacking of Sabena Flight 571 on 8 May 1972 which resulted in the death of civilian Miriam Anderson. The plane was piloted by a British Air Force pilot and WWII veteran Captain Levy who was taken hostage during the hijacking but released uninjured.
Another terror attack that Khalaf (Iyad) was thought to be directly involved in was the letter bomb attack in London.
In September and October 1972, dozens of letters were sent from Amsterdam to Israeli diplomatic posts around the world. Eight of those bombs were sent to England. Four were intercepted by postal workers in Earl’s Court and four reached the Israeli embassy in London.
Three of those bombs were detected in the embassy mail room and destroyed. Unfortunately, however, one bomb made it to the desk of Ami Schachori on 19 September 1972.
Schachori was the agricultural counsellor in the embassy and opened the letter thinking it was Dutch flower seeds he had ordered. As he opened the parcel it exploded and killed him.
In Shachori’s honour, an annual memorial lecture on agriculture is held in London each year.
To think that the leader of the opposition would honour the mastermind behind a terror attack that happened on British soil, put British lives at risk as well as killed an Israeli diplomat, is simply deplorable.
Fatah says Salah Khalaf was a member of Black September
It is important to note that the official Facebook page for Fatah, the organisation that Khalaf (Iyad) was a member of and the leading party of the PLO, also credit him with the Munich Massacre.
In a post from 15 October 2016, Fatah quote Khalaf with his reason for the Munich Massacre, accompanied by a thoughtful image of Khalaf.
This post from Fatah in 2016 talks of another plane hijacking of the German Luthfansa flight. This is different from the plane hijacking mentioned above that Iyad was involved in.
Fatah says, “The operation was planned by Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) and Abu Hassan Salameh.” Yet more evidence that the person Corbyn laid a wreath for and prayed over was a terrorist organiser of attacks in Europe.
The next post does not mention Khalaf (Iyad) but does show how Fatah praise the Munich Massacre as a successful operation. This helps to show that not all Palestinians see these acts as terrorism as we see it. Indeed, the Palestinian leadership themselves praise these efforts.
These are just a selection of Fatah posts that depict either Black September as being good things or Khalaf (Iyad) as being part of the terror group.
As stated above, Labour claimed that the PLO themselves deny the connection between this leader and Black September, yet here is Fatah, the largest political party within the PLO and whose leader is the President of the PLO saying otherwise. Also, Hassassian is a spokesperson for the PLO who hasn’t denied it either.
Some Palestinians don’t see Black September as a terror group
Tom Rayner of Sky News wrote on Monday, “PA source also keen to point out that Khalaf was a very prominent, important political figure in PLO – number 2 to Arafat at the time he was killed and was involved in talks with the US that would ultimately lead to Oslo. Said labelling him a ‘terrorist’ is misleading.”
They say it is “misleading” because even though he was a leader of a terrorist group during his lifetime, during the latter part of his life he had turned away from terror.
Also, Khalaf (Iyad) never considered Black September to be a terrorist group. Despite the atrocities and attacks carried out by the group, they saw themselves as freedom fighters or Palestinian resistance fighters. There is a strong possibility that current leaders in the PLO also had connections to Black September, there are claims that Mahmoud Abbas secured the finances for the Munich Massacre and also has an affinity to them.
PA source also keen to point out that Khalaf was a very prominent, important political figure in PLO – number 2 to Arafat at time he was killed, and was involved in talks with US that would ultimately lead to Oslo. Said labelling him a ‘terrorist’ is misleading.
— Tom Rayner (@RaynerSkyNews) August 13, 2018
Khalaf (Iyad) spoke of moving away from terror, again showing he was involved
For someone to speak of moving away from terrorism and armed conflicts it would require the person to be involved in them to begin with. Therefore it is hard to deny that Khalaf (Iyad) was not a part of terrorism.
In 1990, just a year before he was killed, Khalaf wrote an article in Foreign Policy magazine called “Lowering the Sword”.
In the article and the following Q&A session, he expressed his desire to pursue a two-state solution and how the PLO was moving away from armed struggle. However, he was keen to point out that the option was not off the table altogether. (He didn’t name the article “Putting Down” the sword, after all, he was just “Lowering” it for the time being).
Khalaf also spoke of how some claimed the intifada was spontaneous, but he was strong to point out that the PLO had prepared the ground for the intifada, showing that he wanted the PLO to get credit for the armed struggle that was taking place.
More than terrorism, Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was responsible for executions
Whilst Corbyn claims he is “against all killing”, he prayed at the grave of someone who was head of Fatah’s security services and carried out and gave “execution orders”.
In the conversation Hart has with Abu Iyad and one of his senior aides, the aide says how Iyad gave the order for people to be executed, so they took them outside and shot them dead. 27 people to be precise, all of them Palestinians who were believed to be working with Israel.
Iyad says he went behind Arafat’s back in order to carry out these executions.
The book quotes Khalaf (Iyad) directly saying:
“During the same conversation Abu Iyad volunteered the following information. ‘If you want to know what I really think… Arafat’s weak point is his refusal to execute traitors…'”
The book also describes Khalaf (Iyad) as an “enthusiastic member of the Muslim Brotherhood”. A picture of Corbyn emerged with the Labour leader performing the Muslim Brotherhood symbol this week, which is an interesting coincidence.
There is little doubt that Corbyn placed the wreath and prayed over the grave of Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad). Corbyn in his own words, both written and spoken, confirms he was there for more than just the 1985 attacks. The pictures also give evidence of this fact.
There is also little doubt that Khalaf (Iyad) was, in fact, a leader of the Black September (Terror) Organisation. This is supported by Fatah, PLO officials and his own admission.
Labour, to their shame, appear to be misleading the public, giving inaccurate information about the incident and have even attempted to shut down media coverage of the situation. And shows that Labour’s attempts to silence the press are done not because of the media making mistakes, but because there is something to hide in Corbyn’s dodgy past.
Most troubling is that Corbyn appears to have knowingly and willingly honoured someone who put British lives at risk in order to murder Israelis all for the cause of “Palestinian Liberation”. Corbyn believes in that same cause. He may not agree with the methods of Khalaf (Iyad), but the fact he doesn’t denounce the person who led these atrocities is deeply troubling.
This is yet another example of Corbyn’s connection to terrorists and he should be held accountable for his actions. Instead, he will likely get out of this with a blanket “I condemn all killing” comment whilst he continues to associate with terrorists and commemorates murderers of Jews.