Chris Williamson MP has told James Whale on talkRADIO that the images of Jeremy Corbyn in a Tunisian cemetery holding a wreath are being “weaponised” in an attempt to “demonise” the Labour leader.
He also said on Newsnight earlier this week that none of the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists at the Summer Olympics, were buried in the cemetery in Corbyn visited.
That is true - five of the eight Black September extremists are bured in Libya.
Corbyn said last year, and has since repeated, that he was laying a wreath for those killed in a 1985 Israeli air strike on Tunis.
Williamson pointed out that the air strike was condemned by Margaret Thatcher at the time - that is also true.
The pictures, published by the Daily Mail on August 10, show Corbyn standing near a plaque honouring Black September founder, Salah Khalaf, his aide Fakhri al-Omari, and the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) chief of security, Hayel Abdel-Hamid, who were all assassinated either by the Israeli secret service or other Palestinian groups.
Also buried in the cemetery is Atef Bseiso, the intelligence chief of the PLO.
What happened to the Munich Massacre perpetrators?
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Police killed Luttif Afif, Yusuf Nazzal, Afif Ahmed Hamid, Khalid Jawad and Ahmed Chic Thaa at the time of the massacre, and the five are buried at Sidi Munaidess Cemetery in Libya.
Mohammed Safady and Adnan Al-Gashey were captured but released as part of a later hostage exchange.
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They were allegedly killed during an Israeli strike on Lebanon the following year, and the whereabouts of their bodies is unknown. However, there are also claims that Safady was still alive in 2005 - author Aaron J Klein, who wrote a book about the massacre, said he had a conversation with Palestinian intelligence official Tawfiq Tirawi that year, and was told Safady was still living
Al-Gashey is claimed by some to have lived until around 1978 or 79, before dying in Dubai from a heart condition.
Jamal Al-Gashey was last seen in the 1999 documentary One Day In September, and was said to be hiding in North Africa. His current status and whereabouts are unknown.
Abu Daoud, the man who planned the attack and briefed the assassins, died of kidney failure in 2010 and is buried in Damascus, Syria.
What is Black September and the PLO?
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Black September was a fringe organisation started in response to King Hussein of Jordan declaring military rule in 1970.
It began as a small group of men from Fatah, a Palestinian nationalist political party. However there has been disputes among experts as to how much involvement Fatah, and the PLO (of which Fatah is part of) had with Black September.
PLO deputy chief Salah Khalaf wrote in his book Stateless that members of Black September would deny their affiliation with Fatah and the PLO:
“Black September was not a terrorist organization, but was rather an auxiliary unit of the resistance movement, at a time when the latter was unable to fully realize its military and political potential. The members of the organization always denied any ties between their organization and Fatah or the PLO.”
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The PLO was founded in 1964, and was considered by the US and Israel to be a terrorist organisation until the 1991 Madrid Conference, which was held to revive the Israel-Palestine peace process.
Since 1974 it has had observer status at the United Nations, and is recognised as Palestine’s official representative.
In 1993, the PLO officially recognised Israel’s right to exist in peace, and Israel recognised it as the official representative of Palestine.
It is an umbrella organisation of “numerous organizations of the resistance movement, political parties, popular organizations, and independent personalities” dedicated to Palestinian independence, according to its website.