Cor­byn calls for in­quiry on ‘proIs­rael lobby’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MARTIN BRIGHT

THE LEFT-WING Labour MP Jeremy Cor­byn has backed calls for an in­quiry into the in­flu­ence of “pro-is­rael lob­by­ing groups” on gov­ern­ment pol­icy. The move fol­lows the suc­cess­ful ap­peal of Raed Salah, a prom­i­nent leader of the Is­lamic Move­ment in Is­rael, against Home Of­fice moves to de­port him.

De­spite find­ing in his favour, the Ap­peal Court judges de­cided that Mr Salah had in­voked the blood li­bel in com­ments made in Jerusalem in 2007 about Jews us­ing the blood of chil­dren to bake bread. Mr Salah has also sug­gested that Jews were tipped off about the Twin Tow­ers at­tack and has called ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity “a great crime”.

How­ever, the court was also crit­i­cal of the haste with which Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May moved against Mr Salah fol­low­ing ev­i­dence from the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust. (Mr Salah was banned from the UK but gained en­try af­ter an er­ror by bor­der of­fi­cials).

Mr Salah’s lawyer Tayyab Ali told a press con­fer­ence that there should be an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into “the mech­a­nism that was used to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to gov- ern­ment de­part­ments, the Prime Min­is­ter him­self, and his re­la­tion­ship to pro-is­rael lob­by­ing groups.” He sin­gled out Bi­com chair­man Poju Zablu­dow­icz, “who I un­der­stood sup­ported the Con­ser­va­tive Party quite strongly with fi­nan­cial do­na­tions, and is also, I think, a trustee of the Board of Deputies and the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust”.

Mr Cor­byn added: “I think a public in­quiry is the best course of ac­tion to take. Nor­mally one would have said that the ap­pro­pri­ate Se­lect Com­mit­tee in Par­lia­ment would un­der­take this in­quiry, but I think the is­sues go far wider than par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure, they go to the heart of what’s go­ing on in the Home Of­fice and the way the gov­ern­ment makes de­ci­sions, so I strongly sup­port that and I will be writ­ing to the Home Sec­re­tary ac­cord­ingly.”

A L a b o u r P a r t y spokesper­son said: “These are ab­so­lutely not the views of the Labour

Party.”

Jeremy Cor­byn MP

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