The Palestinian terror group Hamas has officially thanked Jeremy Corbyn for his support, MailOnline can reveal.
In a carefully worded statement issued this evening, the militant organisation, whose armed wing is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians, ‘saluted’ the Labour leader after he sent a message to a major anti-Israel rally in London last weekend.
‘We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labor (sic) Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to the participants in the mass rally that took place in central London,’ the statement said.
‘We also salute Mr. Jeremy Corbyn for his principled position in rejecting the so-called Trump Plan for the Middle East.’
Mr Corbyn and the terror group have a long and warm history, exemplified in him referring to the group as ‘friends’ on camera in 2009.
The Labour leader later said he regretted his choice of language. But he has visited Hamas leaders many times in the past, and invited senior members of the group to Parliament in 2015, the year he was elected leader.
Mr Corbyn’s statement expressed support for Palestinians and criticism of the Israeli leadership.
It said: ‘A Labour government will recognise a Palestinian state and press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations, aimed at achieving a lasting settlement based on UN resolutions, international law and justice that has been too long denied.’
The message was read out to a huge crowd in central London at a rally that was slammed by anti-racist campaigners as anti-Semitic.
According to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, the march saw ‘open anti-Semitism from attendees’, with one speaker telling the crowd that Jewish organisations are ‘in the gutter’ and ‘part of the problem’.
Members of the National Front and the Muslim Brotherhood were reportedly in attendance.
A statement from Mr Corbyn was read out by the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott to wild cheering from the marchers.
The rally was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Mr Corbyn is chairman.
Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice – who gave a speech saying ‘Zionism is the enemy of peace’ and vehemently denied having done so until video evidence emerged – also addressed the crowd.