Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn exploded at host Piers Morgan after being asked almost 40 times if Hamas was a terrorist organisation and should it be in power. In the interview last night on Piers Morgan Uncensored the TalkTV host repeatedly asked if he would condemn Hamas as a terror group.
The Islington North MP, who was in the studio with Len McCluskey, the former General Secretary of UNITE Union, was asked a staggering 38 times if Hamas should stay in power and if he would call them a terror group. Corbyn, who attended Saturday’s pro-Palestinian marches, said the demonstrations had seen an enormous crowd of peaceful protesters from all walks of life and religions calling for an immediate ceasefire. He said there were placards calling for the release of hostages.
Asked if those chanting antisemitic slogans or carrying signs should be arrested, he said: “If they are breaking the law and showing illegal signs, then obviously the police have to act”
On whether he had condemned Hamas’ actions of October 7, he responded: “Of course I have, at every speech I’ve made I’ve utterly condemned the killing on October 7th and it was the taking of innocent life. It was totally wrong under any circumstances. You don’t bring back the tragedy of those 1,400 deaths by killing 10,000 in Gaza. You have to have a process that leads to a ceasefire.”
On whether Hamas should remain in charge, he replied: “It is not for us to decide”. Clarifying his position, he stated: “I don’t support Hamas, I’m not a friend of Hamas”
Piers interjected: “You used to call them friends? He said: “No, hang on, let’s get this clear. Can I say something very clearly, and I’ve said it many times…ten years ago, I was in a private meeting in the House of Commons, with a number of people who were representatives of different Palestinian groups. It was an attempt to understand their views and bring people together. For a short time, a person who was related to Hamas left the room and I said in a collegiate, friendly and appropriate way, ‘Where’s our friend from Hamas gone?’ That’s all I said.”
Piers said: “I wouldn’t say my friend from the IRA, my friend from ISIS…” He hit back that Piers was “obsessed with tittle tattle politics” from ten years ago. He added: “How do you think people in Palestine feel under occupation?”
Corbyn responded, was it legitimate self-defence to attack a hospital? “A ceasefire means ceasefire!” he added. Asked if he would call for a ceasefire during World War II: “I think military targets should be industrial and military targets, not homes and hospitals.”
On whether he would keep Hamas in power, Corbyn replied: “It’s not up to you or me!” During a fractious interview, Piers repeated the question again on whether he would keep Hamas in power, Corbyn replied: “What I have said is there has to be a ceasefire, a ceasefire has to be on both sides. That ceasefire will then hopefully develop into a longer term peace… Israel has been talking to Hamas for 20 years.”
Piers probed, “Do you think they can make peace with them after October 7th?” He said: “October 7th was abominable and appalling, that we agree on…. A ceasefire means a ceasefire.”
Asked by the TalkTV host, “Are they are terror group?” He said: “Everybody knows what they are.”
Piers said: “Are they a terror group? Can you say it? Are you going to call Hamas a terror group? Are Hamas a terror group? Answer the question? Non Len, no. Are they a terror group?” he repeated.
After asking the question again and again, Piers said: “I’ll ask you two questions. Should Hamas stay in power and are they a terror group? You are refusing to answer either of them, that is very telling and you wonder why people think you had a problem with Jewish people?”
A frustrated Corbyn accused Piers of having guests on the show to shout his views at them, adding he wanted to ask a question but Piers replied it was his show and he would ask the questions.