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Jeremy Corbyn’s attendance at an event organised by a group accused of having previously hosted “extremist Islamist speakers” has been condemned as “utterly unacceptable”.
The Labour Party leader spoke at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Engagement and Development group (Mend) in Parliament on Wednesday evening.
He was joined by fellow Labour MPs Naz Shah, Stephen Kinnock, Wes Streeting, Afzal Khan and Kate Green, as well as Shakira Martin, president of the National Union of Students.
In a strongly worded attack, Jennifer Gerber, the director of Labour Friends of Israel, said it was “utterly unacceptable that Jeremy Corbyn last night chose to attend an event organised by a group which has repeatedly peddled myths about the power of the “Israeli lobby” that play into classic antisemitic tropes”.
In a report published this week by the Henry Jackson Society, Mend was accused of having “regularly hosted illiberal, intolerant and extremist Islamist speakers at public events”.
Read more in the Jewish Chronicle