Wreath-gate: Corbyn’s version of events – a timeline

Wreath-gate: Corbyn's version of events – a timeline
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Today, Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that he had been at a ceremony which commemorated the deaths of several terrorists linked to the 1972 Munich massacre.

But it seems that Jeremy has had trouble recollecting what actually happened while he was there. So, to help jog Jeremy’s memory and to let our readers make up their own minds up about what happened on that day in 2014, Mr S has compiled every version of Jeremy’s story:

1. In 2014, soon after the visit to Tunisia, Corbyn wrote an article for the Morning Star, which said:

‘After wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991…’

2. Similarly, he told Tamara Cohen of Sky News in 2017 that he attended the service for the Israeli air strike, but had laid a wreath at the graves of these victims, not the terrorists.

3. In the immediate aftermath of the Mail article at the weekend, which revealed pictures of him next to the graves of the terrorists, Labour insisted that he had only attended a service which commemorated the Palestinians killed in an Israeli air strike on a Tunisian PLO base. No mention of the Munich terrorists, or any wreaths.

4. In an official Labour party comment, on Monday morning a spokesman claimed the Munich widows were being 'misled' by the Daily Mail:

5. When he was questioned by a reporter later that day, however, he admitted that he was at the terrorists’ graves, but had not put a wreath down:

‘I was present when it was laid, I don’t think I was actually involved in it’

And finally:

Fig1: Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath in front of the graves of the terrorists.

Mr S will update the list as Corbyn inevitably provides yet more answers...

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