Sources close to Corbyn insisted he was at the service to commemorate 47 Palestinians killed in an Israeli air strike on a Tunisian PLO base in 1985.
His participation in the ceremony in the Tunisian cemetery is public knowledge and during last year’s general elections, Corbyn was confronted about it.
“I was in Tunisia at a Palestinian conference and I spoke at that Palestinian conference and I laid a wreath to all those that had died in the air attack that took place on Tunis, on the headquarters of the Palestinian organisations there,” Corbyn told the media. “And I was accompanied by very many other people who were at a conference searching for peace. The only way we achieve peace is by bringing people together and talking to them.”
The Daily Mail reported that the monument to the air strike victims is 15 yards from where Corbyn is pictured. The area in which he is seen in the photo is front of a plaque that lies beside the graves of Black September members. Another photo allegedly shows Corbyn joining in Islamic prayers at the graveside. A source close to Corbyn told The Daily Mail he was “copying the others out of respect.
“Corbyn and the Labour party have been plagued by accusations of anti-Semitism. Recently, a video surfaced showing Corbyn apparently making a direct comparison between the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Nazi occupation of Europe.