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London Quds Day Speaker Blames Grenfell Tower Blaze on “Zionists”

A speaker at London’s Quds Day parade on Sunday blamed last week’s tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building that claimed at least 79 lives on “Zionists,” The Jewish Chronicle reported.

“This demonstration calls on justice for Grenfell,” one of the featured speakers at the anti-Israel march, which was attended by around 1,000 people, said over a loudspeaker. “Some of the biggest supporters of the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party. Free, Free, Palestine!”

Qods Day is an annual anti-Israel event that was created by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinian cause and call for Israel’s destruction.

Flags bearing the machine gun logo of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah billowed over marchers in central London, some of whom held signs reading, “Zionism is racism” and “We are all Hezbollah.” The crowd was also heard shouting, “From the river to the sea – Palestine will be free,” and “Zionists/ISIS are the same. Only difference is the name.”

After blaming the “Zionists” for the Grenfell Tower tragedy, some participants in the march held up signs saying “Justice for Grenfell” that had been produced by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, which organized the event.

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at London’s Quds Day march in 2012, when he was photographed in front of a Hezbollah flag and a banner bearing a quote from Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. Corbyn formerly served as the chair of the Stop The War Coalition, which is listed as one of the event’s supporting organizations.

In 2009, Corbyn referred to Hezbollah and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas as “friends,” and called Hamas “an organization that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region.” Corbyn also said that the UK’s labeling of Hamas as a terrorist organization is “a big, big historical mistake.” He expressed regret over that characterization last year, indicating that he used “inclusive language” in order to spur “a discussion about the peace process.”

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