An Israeli athlete who survived the Munich Olympics massacre has urged Jeremy Corbyn to “disappear” from politics, saying he had “no doubt” he was an anti-Semite.
Professor Shaul Ladany, who competed in the 1972 Games as a race walker, strongly condemned the British Labour leader’s presence at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Palestinian Martyrs’ Cemetery in Tunis in 2014.
Mr Corbyn has faced fierce criticism over his appearance at the cemetery which contains the graves of a number of the founders of the Black September terror group, which carried out the Munich massacre in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed.
He has strongly denied he is anti-Semitic and rejected calls to apologise, insisting the event was to commemorate the Palestinians killed in an Isreali air strike on the offices of the Palestinian Liberation Organistation in 1985, and he had not been there to honour Black September.
However, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Prof Ladany, 82, said he had been “really upset” by the pictures which have emerged of Mr Corbyn who was still a backbencher at the time at the event.
He told the paper; “he knows at present he cannot fully express himself totally openly because he might lose some of his voters. I don’t know him personally but from what I have read and heard I have no doubt that he is an anti-Semite. He should disappear from the political scene. And I hope that it will happen.”
A spokesman for the Labour leader said: “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 Palestine Liberation Organisation’s headquarters – an attack condemned by the UN.