Israel-Palestine is not an equal conflict – for that reason we can’t let people like Corbyn be tarnished as terrorist sympathisers
A clash between a nation-state with a defence budget of $18.6 billion and a politically, geographically and militarily fragmented people who’ve been under occupation for the past 70 years is in no way a battle between equivalent powers. It’s this power imbalance that means anyone who resists risks being labelled a terrorist
As the wreath scandal rolls into a fourth day of rolling news coverage, one would be forgiven for thinking that the prime antagonism in the Israel-Palestine conflict is actually between Jeremy Corbyn and his detractors. The volume of column inches generated by this story is in inverse proportion to its clarity. In 2014 at the invitation of veteran human rights campaigner and Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, Jeremy Corbyn laid a wreath to commemorate the scores of victims killed in the 1985 bombing of PLO headquarters, at a memorial nearby were the graves of 3 men alleged to have links to Black September, the group behind the 1972 kidnapping and killing of 11 Israeli athletes in Munich. Corbyn has denied laying wreaths at their graves.
Allies of the Labour leader have highlighted the disparity between the opprobrium directed at Corbyn, and the deafening sound of crickets which greeted Jack Straw’s visit to Yasser Arafat’s grave; in return some have accused Corbyn supporters of perpetuating a cult mentality.