19 March 2018

Jeremy Corbyn’s drive for tolerance ‘gave platform to extremists’

A campaign against Islamophobia launched in parliament by Jeremy Corbyn gave a platform to supporters of jihad, a report claims today.

Islamophobia Awareness Month (Iam), which was celebrated in council buildings, universities and schools, featured extremist speakers. The campaign promoted the views of Cage, the pressure group that once described Mohammed Emwazi — Jihadi John — as having been a “beautiful young man”.

Mr Corbyn was joined by Stephen Kinnock, the Labour MP, Lord Paddick, the Liberal Democrat peer, and fellow parliamentarians for the launch of Iam on November 1.

The launch organisers were Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), a lobbying organisation whose senior figures included a campaigner who supported killing British soldiers and whose activists have made statements regarded as anti-Jewish. Mend denies being antisemitic. [The Times (£)] Read more