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Posts tagged ‘Manuel Hassassian’

WH: Is Corbyn an anti-semite?

yesterday evening (sunday 23rd), 10.43-10.54pm, on bbc radio 4
westminster hour (presented by carolyn quinn) includes …

The bitter row over anti-semitism dominated the summer for Labour. Not surprisingly, it is an important issue at Conference as well … Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr this morning that he would ‘die fighting racism in any form’, but will that satisfy critics who feel that he has strayed into anti-semitic territory himself?”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter mark lobel
• journalist jonathan freedland
matt zarb-cousin, former Labour press officer
margaret hodge mp
neil coyle mp
• journalist zoe williams

Marr: Is Corbyn an anti-semite?

this morning (sunday 23rd), 10.40-10.53am, on bbc 1 tv
the andrew marr show includes …

Jeremy Corbyn, are you an anti-semite?

during interview with …
jeremy corbyn


PM: Richard Millett

this afternoon (saturday 25th), 5.02-5.03pm and 5.22-5.26pm, on bbc radio 4 (partly repeated 6.05pm on six o’clock news)
pm (presented by caroline wyatt) includes …

Richard Millett, a Jewish blogger who believes he was one of the Zionists Jeremy Corbyn said didn’t understand English irony, has described the Labour leader’s comments as ’deeply antisemitic and racist’.

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom barton

MN/Today: Corbyn defends irony

this morning (saturday 25th), 12.07-12.09am, and 7.12-7.15am, on bbc radio 4
midnight news and today (presented by kamal ahmed) include …

Jeremy Corbyn has defended comments he made about Briitsh Zionists five years ago, but says he’s more careful with his language now.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter tom barton

6ocn/Twt: McDonnell defends irony

yesterday evening (friday 24th), 6.07-6.10pm, and 10.03-10.04pm, on bbc radio 4
six o’clock news and the world tonight (presented by james coomarasamy) include …

“The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has said that Jeremy Corbyn’s commenta that British Zionists don’t understand English irony have been taken out of context. A number of Labour MPs have strongly criticised Mr Corbyn for the remarks, which he made at a Palestinian conference in 2013.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter jonathan blake
john mcdonnell mp

Today: Corbyn’s English irony

this morning (friday 24th), 8.43-8.46am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by kamal ahmed) includes …

“Could I just ask you finally about headlines in the papers today and yesterday, around a speech made by Jeremy Corbyn in 2017, where he was quoted as saying – this raises again the issues around anti-semitism in the Labour Party – where he says that ’Zionists in Britain don’t understand English irony’?“

including interview with …
john mcdonnell mp
(for video of original 2013 speech, see
(for daily mail article, see

Corbyn on irony

online only (speech by • jeremy corbyn, originally recorded 19th january 2013)

“[Manuel Hassassian’s speech] was dutifully recorded by the thankfully silent Zionists who were in the audience on that occasion, and then came up and berated him afterwards for what he’d said.
They clearly have two problems. 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’.”

(see also
(the words ‘British’ or ‘Britain’ were not actually used: the daily mail and the bbc have very reasonably inferred them)
(irony, n.: saying something untrue or offensive, but claiming to mean the opposite)
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