Labour MP Richard Burgon ‘willingly lied’ over Zionism comments

Richard Burgon ‘willingly lied’ over Zionist comments

The shadow justice secretary said he did not remember making the comments, but said he 'regrets' doing so.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Editor of the Jewish Chronicle has accused the shadow cabinet minister of “willingly lying” after he denied he had said Zionism was “the enemy of peace”.

Richard Burgon denied making the remark in a BBC interview last year, but has since now admitted doing so after footage emerged of him saying it.

Zionism refers to the movement to create a Jewish state in approximately the same location of the historical land of Israel.

Stephen Pollard told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer:  “The real issue is that one of the next cabinet ministers – if Labour wins the election – will willingly lie.”

The Labour MP for Leeds East said he “regrets” the comments.

Footage from 2014 has emerged showing Mr Burgon saying: “The enemy of the Palestinian people is not the Jewish people, the enemy of the Palestinian people are Zionists and Zionism is the enemy of peace and the enemy of the Palestinian people.

"We need to be loud, we need to be proud in support of a free Palestine."

The Editor of the Jewish Chronicle said he did not expect Jeremy Corbyn to sack Mr Burgon.

“He won’t because the standards of politics – the poison that has been injected into politics by Corbynites – means that these things are just ignored,” he said.

“It was clearly his view. It was not just one sentence that he happened to inject into the speech.

“It was the whole point of the speech. The idea that Burgon could not remember it is ridiculous.

“The word lie in that case is important and is appropriate.”

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