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Medical student who once posed with Jeremy Corbyn is accused of antisemitism after telling a pro-Palestinian rally Israel ‘lied about having children being beheaded’ and ‘conquered the entire world’


A University of Manchester medical student who is said to have met former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of making ‘antisemitic’ comments after telling a rally ‘Israel has conquered the entire world’.

Addressing a pro-Palestinian protest in Manchester last Saturday, Adnan Kassad, who is president of the association of student activism for Palestine, was filmed telling people gathered: ‘They lied about having children being beheaded, they lied about women being raped, they lied about torturing kids.

‘Their biggest lie was when they claimed that they have ownership of Palestinian lands.

‘We were made to believe that Israel has conquered Gaza. Israel has conquered the entire world except for Gaza.

‘As long as we have the ability to breathe, we’re going to support the Palestinian cause.’

Footage of Mr Kassad’s speech was shared on Instagram by Asa Palestine, but the video appears to have been pulled down following the Mail’s enquiries.

But other social media users were quick to capture the footage, which remains on other platforms.

Mr Kassad’s comments are a reference to the terrorist atrocities carried out by Hamas at the Kfar Aza kibbutz in southern Israel, where as many as 40 babies and small children were found slaughtered, along with their parents and other innocents.

A photograph of Adnan Kassad apparently meeting former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was shared online, but the source and time the photograph was taken are unclear

A photograph of Adnan Kassad apparently meeting former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was shared online, but the source and time the photograph was taken are unclear

Adnan Kassad has been accused of making 'antisemitic' comments after telling a rally 'Israel has conquered the entire world'

Adnan Kassad has been accused of making ‘antisemitic’ comments after telling a rally ‘Israel has conquered the entire world’

The grisly claims about babies being beheaded came from some journalists who were invited by the Israeli military to the scene of horror at the kibbutz last week. But other journalists and commentators disputed the claims as misinformation.

Sharing the video footage of Mr Kassad at the rally on X/formerly known as Twitter, the historian Simon Schama, who is Jewish, quoted Mr Kassad’s statement about Israel having ‘conquered the entire world’ and called it ‘an antisemitic staple’.

He added: ‘But the Hamas covenant (Art 22) has world Jewry responsible for French and Russian revolutions, League of Nations, World Wars I and 2 and spreading Zionism via via Freemasonry and ….Rotary clubs’.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) provides a working definition of antisemitism, which has been adopted by a number of governmental and other organisations.

The IHRA gives contemporary examples of antisemitism including ‘the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy’.

In the example it adds: ‘Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.’

In subsequent footage, Mr Kassad is filmed giving an interview at the rally, in which he says: ‘Any form of injustice is not acceptable and anyone who is retaliating and fighting for their freedoms should be proud of what they’re doing, and they should be celebrated for fighting for the freedom and for the justice that they deserve.’

Last December, Mr Kassad reportedly visited parliament as part of a delegation invited by Labour MP Nadia Whittome.

Another member of that delegation was activist Saleem Nusseibeh, who, according to the Jewish Chronicle, said that ‘plotting’ Zionists would be ‘removed’ from the Middle East.

Nusseibeh also told a rally that the ‘third intifada will bring the Zionist entity to its knees’.

A photograph of Mr Kassad apparently meeting former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was shared online, but the source and time the photograph was taken are unclear.

Mr Corbyn was removed from the parliamentary Labour party more than two years ago over his response to antisemitism when he was leader and subsequent downplaying of the scale of the problem after a highly critical report by the human rights watchdog.

The University of Manchester medical student was accused of making 'antisemitic' comments at a rally last Saturday

The University of Manchester medical student was accused of making ‘antisemitic’ comments at a rally last Saturday 

He remains a party member but now sits as an independent MP for Islington North. The 74-year-old previously described Hamas as his ‘friends’ and last week risked fresh fury by suggesting Israel’s ‘occupation’ is the root cause of the Hamas attacks.

Speaking to journalists on the fringes of the Labour party conference in Liverpool, he said the way to end the ‘terrible situation’ was to ‘end the occupation of Palestine by Israel’.

Mr Corbyn said he wants ‘peace, a ceasefire and a process that ends the Israeli occupation of Palestine’.

‘I don’t support any attacks, therefore I criticise them all,’ he said, after being repeatedly asked whether he would condemn Hamas.

He told ITV News that the ‘occupation of Palestine’ was ‘fundamentally the background to the whole issue’.

At an event at The World Transformed festival, which coincides with the Labour conference, Mr Corbyn said he was ‘working with people around the world to bring about peace’.

He added: ‘You don’t just condemn – as I do – any acts of violence, anywhere around the world. You look at the causes as well.’

On the current ‘terrible situation in Israel and Palestine’, he said: ‘The way to end that, I think, is to end the occupation of Palestine by Israel.’

Mr Kassad and Mr Corbyn did not respond to requests for comment.

The University of Manchester said: ‘A University spokesman said: ‘We are aware of the footage and are investigating the matter as a priority.

‘Our University community, particularly those with friends, family or close ties to the region, will be deeply concerned about the escalating violence and loss of life in Israel and Gaza over recent days.

‘In line with our values we reaffirm the importance of mutual understanding and tolerance at this very difficult and distressing time. Any and all forms of racism, antisemitism, islamophobia, discrimination, and abuse have no place in our community.’





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