Corbyn's boast about 'takeaway dinner' with Hamas chief

Mail Online | 8/11/2018 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
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Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh pressure over his links to Palestinian extremists today as it emerged he boasted of a 'long takeaway dinner' with the head of Hamas.

The Labour leader highlighted his meeting with Khaled Mashal in an article for the communist Morning Star newspaper in 2010.

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The remarks surfaced as a poll found that more than a quarter of voters think Mr Corbyn is anti-Semitic - and nearly half believe Labour has a serious problem with the issue. The leadership has been engaged in a bitter battle with the Jewish communities after refusing to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism in full in the party's new code of conduct.

Veteran left-winger Mr Corbyn has been under intense scrutiny since the Daily Mail revealed he attended a wreath-laying in Tunisia in 2014 for masterminds behind the Munich Olympics terror attack on Israeli athletes.

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Mr Corbyn has previously come under fire for hailing Hamas - the military wing of which is a banned terrorist group in the UK - as his 'friends'.

But in the article for the Morning Star, also published on the Labour List website, Mr Corbyn wrote about his trip to Gaza with a group of European politicians.

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'We were fed a takeaway dinner on tables in the wrecked debating chamber during our long meeting with Hamas Prime Minister Khaled Mashaal,' he said.

Mashal, who was head of the Hamas politburo until last year, features on a terrorism financing restrictions list issued by the UK government in February.

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Mr Corbyn, a lowly backbencher at the time, also risked controversy by condemning the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel.

'Britain has played a long and inglorious role in the region,' he wrote.

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'It delivered the Balfour Declaration that established Israel after promising independence to the Arab peoples during WWI....
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