Jeremy Corbyn not expected to attend this year's Al Quds Day march

The Labour leader previously addressed the controversial annual pro-Palestinian event where Hamas and Hezbollah flags have been displayed


Jeremy Corbyn has "no plans" to attend Sunday's controversial Al-Quds Day march in central London, his office has confirmed.

A spokesman for the Labour leader, who was photographed standing in front of a Hezbollah flag when he spoke at the pro-Palestinian event in 2012, said he "is not scheduled to attend the march" which takes place on Sunday..

Mr Corbyn is a former chair of the Stop The War Coalition which is listed as one of the supporting organisations of the annual event.

Andrew Murray - who was seconded to Labour to head up its general election campaign team and is chief of staff to Unite general secretary Len McCluskey -  is current chair of the Stop The War Coalition. It is not known if he plans to attend.

Hundreds of members of the Jewish community are expected to join a counter-demonstration against the march, which in previous years has seen flags of terrorist organisations Hezbollah and Hamas displayed on the streets of the capital.

Nearly 6,500 people signed a petition set up by the North West Friends of Israel group calling for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ban the march.

Paul Charney, chairman of the Zionist said: "Year in year out we see its participants supporting terrorism - waving Hezbollah and even Hamas flags, chanting about wiping out the Jewish state and standing side by side with extremism.

"At times like this, it is more important than ever that we counter any support for extremism and terrorism, and stand together to say that there is no place for this expression of solidarity with terrorists on our streets.”

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