Wednesday, September 2, 2015

UK: Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for release of Israeli embassy car bombing pair

Via Jewish Chronicle (h/t glykosymoritis)
Jeremy Corbyn was a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish charity building and the Israeli embassy in London.

Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami were convicted of conspiracy to cause the bombings of the embassy and Balfour House after both buildings were targeted by car bombs in 1994.

The pair were jailed for 20 years and fought a lengthy legal battle to clear their names. Botmeh was finally released in 2008. He had claimed Israel carried out the bombings itself.

Mr Corbyn, the frontrunner in the Labour leadership race, repeatedly raised the case in Parliament as part of the long-running campaign to overturn their convictions as a miscarriage of justice.  more

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