Sunday, August 9, 2015

UK: Jeremy Corbyn's 'long-standing links' with notorious Holocaust denier and his 'anti-Semitic' organisation revealed

The Daily Mail reports:
  • Paul Eisen, a self-professed Holocaust denier, says that he has been close to Corbyn for more than 15 years
  • He has come out in support of Corbyn's campaign on his blog
  • Eisen wrote that Corbyn has attended 'every single' one of his annual events and has even donated money to his anti-Israel pressure group
  • Eisen's group is seen as so extreme that it was disowned by the mainstream Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in 2007
  • Corbyn has been sympathetic to Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA in the past
Paul Eisen, the self-professed Holocaust denier, has given Jeremy Corbyn his support in an extraordinary blog post in which he says that he has been close to the Labour leadership contender for more than 15 years. 

'One evening 15 years ago I cycled over to see [Corbyn],' he writes. 'I was just beginning to establish Deir Yassin Remembered [a controversial, pro-Palestinian pressure group] in the UK and I wanted him to join. 'I'd hardly begun my feverishly-rehearsed pitch before his cheque book was on the table. 

'From that day on, without fuss or bother, whether DYR was flavour-of-the-month or the maggot-at-the-bottom-of-the-food-chain, he attended every single Deir Yassin commemoration.' [...]

Many mainstream Palestinian activists view the group as anti-Semitic and in thrall to 'anti-Semitic conspiracy theories'.  In 2007, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign proposed a motion disowning Eisen's group, stating that 'membership or participation in DYR is incompatible with being a member of Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. You cannot oppose racism against the Palestinians and turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism.'

The DYR website contains a picture appearing to show Corbyn attending one of the organisation's event in 2013 (above).

Eisen's open Holocaust denial has made him a toxic figure among many pro-Palestinian activists.

'I question that there ever was an official plan on the part of Hitler or any other part of the National Socialist Regime systematically and physically to eliminate every Jew in Europe,' Eisen has written on his blog.

'I question that there ever existed homicidal gas-chambers… Deny the Holocaust! For my money, a child of six can see that something's not right about the Holocaust narrative... For me, "Holocaust Denier" is a label I accept.'

The alleged relationship with Eisen will be particularly embarrassing for the Labour leadership contender as the Holocaust denier believes Corbyn stood by him when he felt ostracised.

On his blog, Eisen recalls a period when he felt 'despised' by mainstream society, and only Corbyn refused to shun him.

'During the time when I felt so marginalised and isolated, when the movement with which he was associated so despised me, Jeremy always said hello,' he wrote.  Read more.

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