A photograph has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn performing the Muslim Brotherhood salute. According to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Corbyn performed the so-called Rabbi’ah sign during a visit to Finsbury Park Mosque in London.
A Government report on the Muslim Brotherhood published in 2015 found that it was linked to Hamas, that “Senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood routinely use virulent, antisemitic language”, that it “conducted attacks…against Egyptian state targets and both British and Jewish interests”, that it “has inspired many terrorist organisations, including…Al Qaida and its offshoots” and that aspects of it “have been contrary to our national interests and our national security”.
Responding to the report at the time, then Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The main findings of the review support the conclusion that membership of, association with, or influence by the Muslim Brotherhood should be considered as a possible indicator of extremism.”
A Labour Party spokesman denied that Mr Corbyn was performing the Muslim Brotherhood’s salute in support of the Muslim Brotherhood however, stating that Mr Corbyn was “standing up for democracy, justice and the right to protest in Egypt”, adding that “The four fingered gesture is a well-known symbol of solidarity with the victims of the 2013 Rabaa massacre in Cairo.”
The concern that this latest development will cause within the British Jewish community should be obvious. Mr Corbyn has proven himself just in the past few days to be a liar who honours terrorists. He is an antisemite under whose leadership the Labour Party has become institutionally antisemitic and an existential threat to British Jews.
Campaign Against Antisemitism is adding the matter to a fourth disciplinary complaint we will be submitting to the Labour Party. Additionally, we have already filed a complaint against Mr Corbyn with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and referred the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.