The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn faces new claims he compared Israel to Nazis

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Jeremy Corbyn is facing fresh accusations of comparing Israelis to the Nazis after a video emerged of the Labour leader claiming actions in the West Bank are like World War Two occupations.

Footage shows Mr Corbyn speaking at an event in which he suggested Palestinians in the West Bank live “under occupation of the very sort that would be recognised by many people in Europe who suffered occupation during the Second World War”.

An internationally-recognised definition and examples of antisemitism, which Labour has chosen not to adopt in full, includes drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

In a video clip, posted on Twitter by a user called “The Golem”, Mr Corbyn highlighted “endless road blocks, imprisonment, irrational behaviour by the military and the police” in the West Bank.

He also said: “The Palestinian people are generally very poor and in the case of Gaza, virtually imprisoned within that very small area and facing environmental disaster and catastrophe.”

In response to criticism of Mr Corbyn’s remarks, a Labour party spokesperson said: “Jeremy was describing conditions of occupations in World War Two in Europe, of which there are multiple examples, not comparing the Israeli state to Nazis.”