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EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Corbyn said British 'Zionists' have 'no sense of English irony despite having lived here all their lives' and 'need a lesson'

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Jeremy Corbyn accused British 'Zionists' of having 'no sense of English irony' despite having 'lived in Britain all of their lives', in comments that have been slammed by Jewish groups as anti-Semitic © Getty Jeremy Corbyn accused British 'Zionists' of having 'no sense of English irony' despite having 'lived in Britain all of their lives', in comments that have been slammed by Jewish groups as anti-Semitic Jeremy Corbyn accused British 'Zionists' of having 'no sense of English irony' despite having 'lived in Britain all of their lives', in comments that have been slammed by Jewish groups as anti-Semitic, MailOnline can reveal.

The comments were made in 2013, when Corbyn was giving a speech alongside prominent British extremists, at a London conference promoted by the propaganda website of terror group Hamas.

The Labour leader said: '[British Zionists] clearly have two problems. One is they don't want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don't understand English irony either.'

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He added: 'They needed two lessons, which we could perhaps help them with.' 

Recalling a disagreement between some 'Zionists' and the Palestinian ambassador, Manuel Hassassian, following a speech in Parliament, Corbyn said:

Alison Weir, left, has been disowned by a number of pro-Palestinian groups because of her alleged links to white supremacists. Sabagh al-Mukhtar, right, a lawyer who gave expert witness in support of hate preacher Abu Hamza before he was deported from Britain © Daily Mail Alison Weir, left, has been disowned by a number of pro-Palestinian groups because of her alleged links to white supremacists. Sabagh al-Mukhtar, right, a lawyer who gave expert witness in support of hate preacher Abu Hamza before he was deported from Britain '[Hassassian's speech] was dutifully recorded by the thankfully silent Zionists who were in the audience on that occasion, and then came up and berated him afterwards for what he'd said.' 

This shows the reality of what Jeremy Corbyn thinks of Jews, somehow a breed apart from "normal" English people 

Stephen Pollard, Jewish Chronicle editor 

a group of people in a room: Jeremy Corbyn makes his controversial remarks at the conference. On the right is Daud Abdullah, who has called for attacks on the Royal Navy and led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day. In the centre is Stephen Sizer, who was later banned from social media after suggesting that Israel was behind the 9/11 attack on the twin towers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeremy Corbyn makes his controversial remarks at the conference. On the right is Daud Abdullah, who has called for attacks on the Royal Navy and led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day. In the centre is Stephen Sizer, who was later banned from social media after suggesting that Israel was behind the 9/11 attack on the twin towers Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said: 'This shows the reality of what Jeremy Corbyn thinks of Jews, somehow a breed apart from "normal" English people.' 

Pollard said he believed the Labour leader 'used the word "Zionist" obviously to mean "Jews".'

Jonathan Sacerdoti, who was a founding trustee of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, and who is now an anti-racism campaigner, added: 'The idea that British Jews somehow haven't absorbed British values is outrageous.

'To doubt our Britishness because we disagree with your controversial views on Palestine, when you are the one fraternising with extremists, is deeply anti-Semitic. British Jews are right to be scared.'

a screenshot of a social media post: The controversial 2013 conference advertised on the propaganda website of the Hamas military wing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The controversial 2013 conference advertised on the propaganda website of the Hamas military wing The Labour leader made the comments at a conference at Friends House in Euston. The event was advertised online by Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades, which is designated a terrorist group by Britain, the EU, the United States and other countries.

In one of the speeches, made by 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alan Hart, 'Zionism' was described as a 'cancer at the heart of international affairs'. It was also called a 'monster' and compared to Nazi Germany.

The programme of speakers included a range of anti-Semites, homophobes and conspiracy theorists. 

Several were connected to Hamas. One called for attacks on the Royal Navy in the past, and led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day.

In addition, a number have been formerly associated with the Labour leader, or supported by him.

a man wearing glasses: Daud Abdullah speaking at the conference. He has called for attacks on the Royal Navy and led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Daud Abdullah speaking at the conference. He has called for attacks on the Royal Navy and led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day One listed speaker was Ibrahim Hewitt, who wrote a pamphlet in 1994 branding homosexuality a 'great sin' comparable to paedophilia and incest, which should be 'severely punished'. The pamphlet was most recently reprinted in 2004. 

Speaking at a pro-Palestinian event in East London in February 2013, Corbyn called him a 'very good friend'.

Another speaker, Reverend Stephen Sizer, was later banned from social media after suggesting that Israel was behind the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. 

a close up of Jeremy Corbyns face: Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the conference, where he said British Zionists 'needed two lessons, which we could perhaps help them with' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the conference, where he said British Zionists 'needed two lessons, which we could perhaps help them with' Corbyn wrote a letter defending him, saying he was 'under attack' by a pro-Israeli smear campaign. 

Alison Weir, an American anti-Israel campaigner who has been disowned by a number of Left-wing peace groups because of her alleged links to white supremacists, also gave a speech at the event.

Other speakers included Daud Abdullah, who signed a letter saying that the Royal Navy should be attacked if it tried to help prevent weapons from being smuggled to terror groups in Gaza. In 2007, he led a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day. 

a close up of a mans face: Reverend Stephen Sizer speaks at the conference. He was later banned from social media after suggesting that Israel was behind the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. Corbyn wrote a letter supporting him , saying he was 'under attack' by a pro-Israeli smear campaign © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Reverend Stephen Sizer speaks at the conference. He was later banned from social media after suggesting that Israel was behind the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. Corbyn wrote a letter supporting him , saying he was 'under attack' by a pro-Israeli smear campaign Corbyn has been pictured with Abdullah at other events, including a seminar held at Parliament six months before he was elected leader of the Labour party, which MailOnline exposed earlier this week.

Also present at the conference was Sameh Habeeb, the founder and editor of the Palestine Telegraph, who was suspended by Labour and dropped as an election candidate in April after he was accused of sharing anti-Semitic material. 

Leaflets were on display at the 2013 event which appeared to advertise an organisation run by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, another former associate of the Labour leader.

MailOnline has previously revealed how Eisen claimed that Corbyn supported him for 15 years and donated to his campaign, something the Labour leader has denied.

The explosive revelations will increase the pressure on Corbyn to resign as he struggles to contain the anti-Semitism crisis engulfing his party.

Alan Hart, left, believed that Mossad was behind the 9/11 attacks, and referred to 'Zionism' as a 'monster' and a 'cancer at the heart of international affairs'. Garda Kharmi, right, defended comparing Israel to the Nazis and said: 'The Jews were not wanted in Europe. They were an unpopular, unloved people, who were off-loaded into the [Middle East]' © Daily Mail Alan Hart, left, believed that Mossad was behind the 9/11 attacks, and referred to 'Zionism' as a 'monster' and a 'cancer at the heart of international affairs'. Garda Kharmi, right, defended comparing Israel to the Nazis and said: 'The Jews were not wanted in Europe. They were an unpopular, unloved people, who were off-loaded into the [Middle East]' Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) has demanded that Corbyn apologise for his presence at the event. Jennifer Gerber, director of the LFI, said: 

'The thousands of Israelis who have family members killed by Hamas terrorism will not understand why Mr Corbyn believes these are suitable people to associate with.'

The conference was organised by the Palestine Return Committee (PRC), a controversial pressure group with close links to both Hamas and Corbyn. 

In 2009, the PRC caused outrage when it invited the Hungarian fascist and Jobbik MEP Krisztina Morvai, a close ally of BNP figurehead Nick Griffin, to speak at one of its anti-Israel events. 

a close up of text on a white background: A pamphlet produced by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, taken at the 2013 event. MailOnline previously revealed how Corbyn allegedly gave him a donation, something the Labour leader has denied © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A pamphlet produced by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, taken at the 2013 event. MailOnline previously revealed how Corbyn allegedly gave him a donation, something the Labour leader has denied At another PRC in 2013, Corbyn compared Israel's occupation of the West Bank to the Nazi takeover of Europe. Labour said that he was referring to all WWII occupations, not just those ordered by Hitler.

The group has also invited Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas terror chief, to attend an event in Holland, but he was barred entry by Dutch authorities.

The conference where Corbyn made his remarks was led by Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian official who recently demanded that Labour refuse to adopt the internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism. 

Other speakers at the event included the academic Garda Kharmi, who has defended comparing Israel to the Nazis. In a lecture last year, she said: 

'The Jews were not wanted in Europe. They were an unpopular, unloved people, who were off-loaded into the [Middle East].'

a group of people looking at each other: Jeremy Corbyn listens attentively to another of the speakers at the 2013 conference in London © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeremy Corbyn listens attentively to another of the speakers at the 2013 conference in London Also appearing was Sabagh al-Mukhtar, a lawyer who gave expert witness in support of hate preacher Abu Hamza before he was deported from Britain.

Another speaker was Majed al-Zeer, head of the PRC, who is close to the Hamas leadership. He has been pictured with its terror chief, Ismail Haniyeh, who sent him a message of congratulations when the PRC was legitimised by the UN.  

Alan Hart, a further speaker, believed that Mossad was behind the 9/11 attacks, and referred to 'Zionism' as a 'monster' and a 'cancer at the heart of international affairs'. 

A Labour spokesman said: 'Jeremy Corbyn has a long and principled record of solidarity with the Palestinian people and engaging with actors in the conflict to support peace and justice in the Middle East. That is the right thing to do.' 

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