Jeremy Corbyn slammed for ‘Middle-East grandstanding’ ahead of landmark Israel legal ruling

​Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn will visit the Hague today

Keith Bays

By Keith Bays

Published: 11/01/2024

- 11:10

Updated: 11/01/2024

- 11:47

The strongest criticism of Corbyn has come from colleagues of the former Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for 'Middle-East grandstanding' ahead of a visit to the Hague today with a delegation from South Africa.

South Africa has lodged a case with the International Court of Justice alleging that Israel has committed genocide against the Palestinian people.

It comes despite Corbyn previously losing the Labour Party whip after the UK equality watchdog found that there had been “inexcusable” failures in the Labour Party to tackle antisemitism while he was party leader.

The visit will likely enrage members of the Jewish community, many of whom have criticised his links with several pro-Palestinian groups.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn's visit will likely enrage members of the Jewish community


He also received backlash over his refusal to call Hamas a terrorist organisation, only making the acknowledgement more than a month after the initial attack on October 7.

The strongest criticism of Corbyn’s visit to the Hague has come from colleagues of the former Labour leader, with Labour MP and former Shadow Defence Minister Khalid Mahmood saying: “He will inflame the views about him, and he could bring into disrepute the case being brought by South Africa.

“This case does not need people like this supporting it nor does it need people grandstanding on the back of it.”

It is rumoured that Corbyn is contemplating launching a new left-wing party in the coming months, something that could split the Labour vote ahead of the General Election.

Responding to a potential rival party being formed by the former Labour leader, Mahmood said: “It would be detrimental to the Labour Party to try and split the Labour vote, which would allow the conservatives back into power, he should think hard about this.”

However, those on the right of politics are salivating at the idea of Corbyn returning to front-line politics, David Campbell Bannerman told GB News: “I think if Corbyn formed a new party, Labour would be badly hit - much more than Conservatives losing people to Reform.

“Many Labour members who were attracted in by Corbyn with low membership fees still share his views.

“This could derail Starmer who has taken a big risk driving Corbyn out.”
GB News has reached out to Jeremy Corbyn for comment.

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