Leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has defended his remarks in 2013 in which he criticized Zionists living in Britain for not understanding “the English irony” as much as a non-British ambassador of Palestine did.
Corbyn issued a statement late on Friday saying his use of the word Zionist at the time was not meant to offend the Jewish community and should not be viewed as anti-Semite, a practice seen by the Jews as racist.
“I am now more careful with how I might use the term ‘Zionist’ because a once self-identifying political term has been increasingly hijacked by anti-Semites as code for Jews,” said Corbyn, adding that he had used the term Zionist “in the accurate political sense and not as a euphemism for Jewish people.”
During his speech to the Palestinian Return Center in 2013, Corbyn criticized the “Zionists” for not being educated enough about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On…