This morning it was revealed that Lord Sheikh, a Conservative peer and founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, had apparently attended the same conference in Tunisia as that attended by Jeremy Corbyn, at which the latter allegedly laid a wreath honouring the neo-Nazi-linked Black September terrorists responsible for the Munich Olympics massacre.
The conference, apparently titled the “International Conference on Monitoring the Palestinian Political and Legal Situation in the Light of Israeli Aggression” does not appear to have been a “peace conference” as Mr Corbyn has referred to it, but instead seems to have served as a platform for senior members of the proscribed antisemitic terrorist group Hamas to boast that the violent acts they had committed were “magnificent”.
Lord Sheikh declared on the 2014 Parliamentary register that his trip was paid for by the Government of Tunisia. He has previously praised controversial organisations such as the Al Muntada Trust, the East London Mosque and Interpal. He also has a history of travelling with Mr Corbyn, for example the pair both visited Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad in 2009.
Lord Sheikh claims not to have attended the wreath-laying ceremony for the Black September terrorists in which Mr Corbyn participated, and has stated that “There was no mention at all about any wreath-laying ceremony at the conference I attended. I knew nothing about that.” He also admits, however, that he knew Hamas and Mr Corbyn attended the conference. It is also claimed that he spoke at the conference.
Campaign Against Antisemitism is very concerned that Lord Sheikh was in attendance at a conference which was anything but peaceful in its attitude to Jews, and at which we know Hamas and other terrorist-supporting actors were both present and given a platform. We will therefore be writing to the Conservative Party to ask them to investigate this matter.
It has also been reported that Conservative MP Rob Halfon has called on his Party to launch an investigation into Lord Sheikh.