UK's Jeremy Corbyn says 'Zionists' don't understand British culture

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He said: "The other evening we had a meeting in Parliament in which Manuel made an incredibly powerful and passionate and effective speech about the history of Palestine and the rights of the Palestinian people".

"In the footage, Mr Corbyn rants: "[British Zionists] clearly have two problems.

Maajid Nawaz, the counter-extremism campaigner and former government adviser, said "brave Labour MP Margaret Hodge was right" after she accused her leader of being an anti-Semite. One is they don't want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don't understand English irony either. "They needed two lessons, which we could perhaps help them with", said Corbyn, who serves as Opposition and Labour Party leader.

Jamie Susskind, a barrister who previously worked for Tony Blair and Ed Miliband, posted on Twitter: "Just to be clear, in the Daily Mail clip Corbyn is not criticising Israel or supporting Palestinians. He has to go".

Critics have even called for the Labour Party leader to step down amid allegations he portrayed Jews as alien to British culture while addressing the meeting at the Palestinian Return Center in 2013.

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The video could still prove problematic for Corbyn who has come under fire for his perceived failure to root out anti-Semitism within the party in recent times.

However, Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger said that Corbyn's words were "inexcusable" and made her feel "unwelcome" in the party.

"I've lived in Britain all my life and I don't need any lessons in history/irony".

The Labour leader also proposed a tax on tech giants to fund journalism.

Last month, Britain's three Jewish newspapers, including the Chronicle, united in publishing a front-page editorial warning of the "existential" threat to British Jewry that a government led by Corbyn would pose.

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He said the comments must be taken "in the context of nearly three years of non-stop revelations about Mr Corbyn, of the near total inaction of his Labour Party in dealing with antisemitism, and of the party's wilful and entirely conscious decision to stick two fingers up to the Jewish community over the definition of anti-Semitism".

"The stain and shame of anti-Semitism has coursed through Her Majesty's Opposition since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015". "In certain context, certain phrases are appropriate, to take them out of context is unacceptable".

Labour officials told the Daily Mail Corbyn was not responsible for flags waived by others, and said he was speaking of the "asymmetrical nature" of the conflict.

A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn told local media that he is "totally opposed to all forms of antisemitism" and was referring to "a group of pro-Israel activists misunderstanding and then criticizing the Palestinian Ambassador for a speech... about the occupation of the West Bank".

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