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The Labour leader is clearly sick of the question over his involvement and after rolling his eyes obviously and sighing at a question from a journalist, he said: “I was there when the wreaths were laid – that’s pretty obvious. There were many others there that were witness to that, I witnessed many other people laying many wreaths.

“I laid one along with many other people in memory of all who died in the awful attack in 1985, which I keep repeating, and ups seem not to understand, was condemned by the whole world.”

The Islington North MP is under fire after pictures appeared of him holding a wreath in a graveyard where terrorists who killed Israel Olympic athletes in 1985 were honoured.

Mr Corbyn claimed he was there to honour those killed in the attack on the Palestinian Liberation Organisation headquarters and not the men linked to the massacre.

The clip caused anger on Twitter, with one saying: “He’s so rude. And bang to rights re: this wreath issue. Don’t think for a second he’d allow a free media given half a chance.”

Another added: “It’s irritation at being caught out, in my opinion. The fact is, the reason for his irritation is at his own door. He lied and lied and lied to get to this point.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Labour leader of honouring one of the founders of the Black September terror group, which carried out the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

He said on Twitter: “The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone – left, right and everything in between.”

Photographs later appeared of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath at the memorial service.

The Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger has said that being “present” at the event was the “same as actually being involved” and the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that Mr Corbyn has lacked “moral authority” with regards to condemning terrorist atrocities.

Mr Hunt said: “If Jeremy Corbyn thinks terrorism is justified for the causes he believes in, how would he as prime minister have the moral authority to condemn terrorist murders of British citizens?

“Unbelievable and shocking.”

A Labour Party spokesman said: “As has been consistently stated, Jeremy Corbyn visited the Palestine National Cemetery in Tunisia to support Palestinian rights and honour the victims of the illegal 1985 airstrike, many of whom were civilians, on the PLO’s headquarters – an attack condemned by the UN.

“Jeremy did not lay any wreath at the graves of those alleged to have been linked to the Black September organisation or the 1972 Munich killings. He of course condemns that terrible attack, as he does the 1985 bombing.”



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