UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed controversial figure Seumas Milne as his director of strategy & communications, the Telegraph reported.
Milne has in the past praised the “resistance” against British troops in Iraq and has justified terror attacks against Israel.
Milne, a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper, wrote in a 2004 article that Iraqi terrorists were the country’s true liberators and called their attacks a “resistance war.”
During an anti-Israel rally in 2014, he said Israel had no right to defend itself from Gaza terrorism, claiming the state continued to occupy the Palestinian territory.
“It isn’t terrorism to fight back,” he said of attacks from Hamas against Israel. “The terrorism is the killing of citizens by Israel on an industrial scale.”
— Seumas Milne (@SeumasMilne) October 20, 2015
Following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, he wrote that the US had brought the tragedy upon itself through its actions in the Middle East.
Corbyn himself has also been criticized for claiming that it was a “tragedy” that bin Laden had been killed before he could stand trial for the 2001 attacks.
The appointment of Milne is unlikely to help Corbyn’s efforts to assure British Jews that he is not anti-Israeli.
Corbyn recently attended a Labour Friends of Israel dinner, where he was criticized for failing to name the Jewish state throughout address.
He has called Palestinian terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah “friends,” and recently defended an Anglican minister who posted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online. Corbyn also has publicly endorsed a blanket arms embargo on Israel and the boycott of Israeli universities involved in weapons research.