The Guardian, The Sun, The Telegraph, The Spectator, the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail all reported on Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial appointment of Jayne Fisher, a former Sinn Fein staffer who worked for Gerry Adams, as head of ‘stakeholder engagement’ for the Labour leader. Whilst most papers focused on Fisher’s IRA ties, only the Daily Mail noted another problematic element of her resume:
The appointment also risks further antagonising the Jewish community due to her anti-Israel history. In a rally in Hyde Park in 2014 she helped spread Mr Adams’ call for the ‘expulsion’ of Israel’s ambassador in Dublin.
One Labour MP who confronted Mr Corbyn over the appointment last night told PoliticsHome: ‘It’s fair to say that the general response was one of shock and anger.
‘Obviously, we really need to annoy more people in the run-up to Christmas.
However, the Daily Mail neglected to point out one relevant detail which would help explain why Corbyn wouldn’t have been terribly troubled by Fisher’s willingness to spread a call to expel the Israeli embassador. At a demo in London in 2010 to protest the Mavi Marmara incident, he gave a speech criticising Israel, which included the following:
“Isn’t it time our ambassador was brought back from Tel Aviv? Isn’t it time the Israeli ambassador was on his way from this country?“
Here’s a clip of the entire hate-filled diatribe, so you can hear the words about expelling the Israeli ambassador in context.