Jeremy Corbyn was filmed endorsing BDS in 2015

Film of Labour leader Corbyn supporting BDS, saying boycott 'promotes the peace process,' resurfaces on web.


Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

Footage from 2015 shows Jeremy Corbyn endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as “part and parcel of a legal process that has to be adopted.”

Corbyn,who became the leader of Britain's Labour party in 2015, is shown during a conference in Belfast months before he assumed the party leadership.

Corbyn has maintained that he opposes a blanket boycott of Israel, supporting instead only boycotting produce from Israeli settlements.

“Jeremy is not in favor of a comprehensive or blanket boycott,” a spokesperson for Corbyn told The Guardian in December. “He doesn’t support BDS. He does support targeted action aimed at illegal settlements and occupied territories.”

In the footage filmed in Belfast, he is asked: “Can the panel give hope to the people of Palestine by supporting the movement for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel?”

He replies: “I think the boycott campaign, divestment campaign, is part and parcel of a legal process that has to be adopted.” He later adds: “I believe that sanctions against Israel, because of its breach of the trade agreement, are the appropriate way of promoting [the] peace process.”

The footage was published in 2015 by Sinn Féin, the extremist nationalist Northern Irish political party that hosted Corbyn in Belfast.

David Hirsh, a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and author of the book “Contemporary Left Antisemitism,” on Thursday posted the video on his Facebook page.

This week, Corbyn faced rebuke from within Labour and beyond following the publication of a picture of him holding a wreath in 2014 over a plaque in Tunisia honoring the mastermind of the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He had previously denied claims that he honored the terrorists.