Reportedly, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, was the subject of a complaint to the parliamentary watchdog last night that related to comments from 2013 where he said that British Zionists did not understand “English irony.”
Helen Grant, a Conservative MP, wrote to the parliamentary commissioner for standards, Kathryn Stone, requesting that Corbyn should be investigated over the comments.
In 2013, Corbyn stated: “[British Zionists] 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.”
The remarks of the Labour have drawn support from the far right with coming endorsements from Nick Griffin, the former leader of the British National Party, and David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Griffin said in a tweet: “Go Jezza! I wonder how many Labour activists the hysterical #Zionist media campaign against #Corbyn is re-pilling?[sic]”
Re-pilling is a reference to the Matrix, a science fiction movie, and is used in far-right circles as a reference to someone who is seeing the harsh truth of reality instead of the world as society wants them to see it.
Last night, Corbyn issued a statement stating: “In 2013 I defended the Palestinian ambassador in the face of what I thought were deliberate misrepresentations by people for whom English was a first language, when it isn’t for the ambassador.
He added: “I described those pro-Israel activists as Zionists, in the accurate political sense and not as a euphemism for Jewish people – and that is made clear in the rest of my speech that day.
He continued: “I am now more careful with how I might use the term ‘Zionist’ because a once-self identifying political term has been increasingly hijacked by antisemites as code for Jews.”