Corbyn Syria Trip Paid for by Palestinian Group

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Britain's Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attends a Stand Up To Racism rally in London earlier this month. (Reuters/Neil Hall)
Britain’s Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attends a Stand Up To Racism rally in London earlier this month. Corbyn was criticized for attending the event linked to the Socialist Workers Party. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

The leader of the UK’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, traveled to Syria and met with President Bashar Assad in 2009 on a trip paid for by a Palestinian group, according to the Daily Mail.

The Syria trip was financed by the Palestinian Return Centre, which recently sponsored an event in the House of Lords during which one member of the audience won applause for accusing the Jews of being to blame for the Holocaust and comparing Israel to the Islamic State terrorist group.

Parliamentary records showed Corbyn reported the Syria visit as costing £1,300 ($1,500) and that the stated purpose was “to visit Iraqi and Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.”

The visit was held to mark the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which Corbyn denounced as that “infamous” declaration on his return to Britain.

Corbyn went with other members of parliament from all three of Britain’s major political parties.

Despite a resounding victory in a recent Labour election, Corbyn and colleagues continue to face intense scrutiny over dozens of cases involving hate speech against Jews or Israel by party members.