You Mark Curtis & the Corbyn cult are IMO dangerous idiots if you downplay this.
A Muslim Brotherhood salute is a Muslim Brotherhood salute - be it Egypt, Syria or Turkey. If a Westerner flashed this salute it shows either support for the MB and its vision - or UTTER STUPIDITY.
That Cameron's UK together with Obama's USA have made a pact with "political Islam" is a story that Syria has felt for 7 bloody years ... and if "commentators" of the Western "pro-Syria space" are now downplaying the MB - I feel vindicated for NEVER having supported them before.
To my mind such antics make Corbyn feel more and more dangerous for the Middle East. Like many of the Pseudo-Left (which is IMO what Labour is) that call themselves "pro-Palestine" but constantly stab the Resistance and Palestinians in the back by attacking Hezbollah and Syria.
I remember that it was another hero of the Pseudo-Left - Obama - who kick-started the West's (first covert then overt) war against Syria. Obama - like Corby - was swept into power a a "Hope & Change" kinda guy. No "hope" - no "change" - he helped to destroy Libya, Syria & Yemen.
IMO ... an alliance of the West with "political Islam" is at the heart of the wars in/against Libya and Syria and the horrible upheaval in Egypt ... and if Corbyn was cosying up to "political Islam" a few years ago - he was right on trend (not now though)
... in fact @RaynerSkyNews's answer-tweet underlines my point on snakes among Palestine's political elites ... and the fact that both the West and Israel love and use them whenever it goes against Hezbollah, Syria and other Resistance members - like Palestine's LEFT ... get real!
... if you are British, think you are on the "left", consider yourselves to be "pro-Palestine", perhaps even "pro-Syria", at a pinch "pro-Iran" ... then this photo of Corbyn carelessly flashing a Muslim Brotherhood salute should AT LEAST make you THINK.
Go on, ask or debate me.
... another attempt at defending Corbyn's Muslim Brotherhood salute - re-tweeted by "analsyst" Mark Curtis (supported by many of the "pro-Syria space"):
It shows Malala with Tawakkol Karman a "journalist" active in Yemen's "Arab Spring" that kinda lead to the current brutal war.
... also the defence of Corbyn by "Electronic Intifada" characters needs to be taken with a pinch of salt - considering the stance this "pro-Palestine" organisation took/takes on the attacks by the West against Syria and the REAL Resistance ...
... I said it before: I don't care who is Britain's PM. Corbyn might be OK domestically: less keen on killing the NHS or on austerity. (But don't hold your breath. No matter how good - a manifesto isn't law as soon a party has won.)
My issues are with Corbyn & the Middle East.
... and just a little reminder of why - especially after BREXIT - a UK under a possible Prime Minister #Corbyn won't be THAT "independent" in its views on things like ... uhm ... say ... Iran, Syria, Palestine/Israel ... or ... well ... ANYTHING really TRUMP's USA cares about ...
... another reason why I don't trust British Labour - including under Corbyn - on the Middle East and in particular on Syria ... this is "Guardian columnist" Owen Jones - clearly a big time Corbyn fan ... and self-declared "Socialist" 🙄