JEREMY Corbyn refused to say almost 40 times last night that Hamas was a terrorist group that should not be in power.
The former Labor leader was interviewed by Piers Morgan on his talk TV show about the conflict between Israel and Gaza.
Corbyn, who took part in Saturday’s pro-Palestinian marches, said he condemned Hamas’s actions on October 7, adding: “Of course I did, every speech I made I have the killing of October 7th, and that was it.” Killing of innocent life.
“It was completely wrong under all circumstances. You don’t undo the tragedy of those 1,400 deaths by killing 10,000 people in Gaza.
“You need a process that leads to a ceasefire.”
But he refused to answer the frustrated talk TV host when he asked him whether 15-member Hamas was a terrorist group – and whether it should stay in it too.
When asked by the talk TV presenter: “Are they a terrorist group?” Corbyn said: “I do not advocate, support or welcome Hamas. Everyone knows what they are.”
When Piers said his lack of reaction was “very telling”, Corbyn said: “That’s not very telling at all. What is very telling is your inability to stay still for 30 seconds.”
The Islington North MP was in the studio with Len McCluskey, former general secretary of UNITE Union.
When asked if Hamas was a terrorist group, McCluskey said, “Of course.”