The media’s frenetic attempts to construct a smear out of Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to a Tunis cemetery continue grow increasingly desperate, with supposedly respected journalists shaming themselves by publishing naked fake news such as the claim that he laid wreaths or was near the Tunisian graves of those who carried out the Munich attack, when those terrorists are buried in a different country altogether.
Corbyn was at the Hamman Chott graveyard to pay respects to the almost fifty people killed – many of them civilians – when the Israeli airforce attacked the Tunisian HQ of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation), as well as PLO officials thought to have been killed because of their readiness to work for peace.
Margaret Thatcher, who was the UK’s Prime Minister at the time of the airstrike, is known to have condemned it – and indeed then confirmed her condemnation in Parliament:
But Thatcher wasn’t the only one to decry the attack. The United Nations Security Council passed the following resolution on 4 October 1985:
Resolution 573 (1985)
Adopted by the Security Council
at its 2615th meeting on 4 October 1985
The Security Council,
Having considered the letter dated 1 October 1985 (S/17509) in which Tunisia made a complaint against Israel following the act of aggression which the latter committed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Tunisia,
Having heard the statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia,
Having noted with concern that the Israeli attack has caused heavy loss of human life and extensive material damage,
Considering that, in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Charter of the United Nations, all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations,
Gravely concerned at the threat to peace and security in the Mediterranean region posed by the air raid perpetrated on 1 October 1985 by Israel in the area of Hamman-Plage, situated in the southern suburb of Tunis,
Drawing attention to the serious effect which the aggression carried out by Israel and all acts contrary to the Charter cannot but have on any initiative designed to establish an overall, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,
Considering that the Israeli Government claimed responsibility for the attack as soon as it had been carried out,
1. Condemns vigorously the act of armed aggression perpetrated by Israel against Tunisian territory in flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and norms of conduct;
2. Demands that Israel refrain from perpetrating such acts of aggression or from the threat to do so;
3. Urgently requests the States Members of the United Nations to take measures to dissuade Israel from resorting to such acts against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States;
4. Considers that Tunisia has the right to appropriate reparations as a result of the loss of human life and material damage which it has suffered and for which Israel has claimed responsibility;
Can anyone honest and reasonable genuinely say that Corbyn should not have been there for the commemoration of those deaths by delegates from the peace conference that he was attending?
The attack was condemned by a Tory PM and by the Security Council of the world’s assembled nations. How quickly some forget – or ignore inconvenient facts – when it suits them.
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