On the fringes

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One of the key speak­ers at a Labour Friend­sof Palestinepan­eleven­ton Mon­day was Husam Zom­lot, a for­mer Pales­tinian rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Bri­tain who has pre­vi­ously ac­cused Is­rael of “fab­ri­cat­ing the story of the Holo­caust”.

The aca­demic, who was lauded by Labour MPs, ap­peared to com­pare the con­cept of a Jewish state to the ar­gu­ments made by the Daesh terror group for an Is­lamic state.

In 2014 he claimed his re­marks about the Shoah in a BBC in­ter­view had been taken out of con­text by an Is­raeli group in an at­tempt to la­bel him as a Holo­caust de­nier.

MrCor­byn­was­mobbed­whenhe spoke at a LFP re­cep­tion on Mon­day evening. In com­ments sim­i­lar to those he made on Tues­day at the Friends of Is­rael group event, he said he would not change his po­si­tion on the Mid­dle East fol­low­ing his elec­tion as party leader.

Len McCluskey, gen­eral sec­re­tary of Key speaker: Husam Zom­lot the Unite union, used his con­fer­ence ap­pear­ance on Mon­day to equate the gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach to in­dus­trial ac­tion with Nazi Ger­many. Speak­ing about Con­ser­va­tive plans for strik­ing work­ers to wear arm­bands on picket lines, he said: “Re­mem­ber that’s what the Nazis did to trade union­ists in the con­cen­tra­tion camps at Dachau.”

Party mem­ber Sioux Blair-Jor­dan told the con­fer­ence that if David Cameron passed a Bill of Rights into leg­is­la­tion, “we might as well walk into the gas cham­ber to­day”.

Con­ser­va­tive Jus­tice Min­is­ter Do­minic Raab said del­e­gates had shown “ex­traor­di­nar­ily bad taste” in ap­plaud­ing the re­mark and called on Mr Cor­byn to apol­o­gise for em­brac­ing her at the end of the speech.

Speak­ing at a fringe ses­sion, LabourK­nes­set­mem­berMichal Bi­ran warned that Mr Cor­byn’s lead­er­ship could be a “dis­as­ter” both for Bri­tain’s re­la­tion­ship with Is­rael and for his party.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Jeremy Cor­byn giv­ing his

maiden con­fer­ence

speech as party leader

this week

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