Jeremy Corbyn regularly claims to be a fervent and resolute opponent of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred. If this is the case he should probably have a word with his older brother, Piers Corbyn, who’s retweeted several controversial posts about Islam, including one which claims that ‘ISIS faithfully follows the teaching of Muhammed’ regarding the rape of non-Muslims.
Piers has already caused his brother embarrassment with views on global warming, which he doesn’t think is taking place, and with Tweets during the US Presidential election which appeared to support Donald Trump.
Yesterday Piers retweeted a post from Peter Townsend, an Australian author critical of Islam who wrote ‘Questioning Islam: Tough Questions & Honest Answers About the Muslim Religion’. The post (see below) was titled ‘Muhammad on Rape’, and included the incendiary claim that concerning the rape of non-Muslims ‘ISIS faithfully follows the teachings of Muhammad’. It justifies this with quotes from the Quran, claiming that the Muslim holy book contains ‘four verses in total assuring Muslims that sex with captives is lawful’.
Piers has retweeted a number of other tweets relating to Islam, and from Islam critical accounts or individuals. Yesterday he also retweeted a post from Trump supporting Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson, who has made a number of videos critical of Islam, which depicts several Muslim women being beaten by a Muslim man. Paul accompanies the video with the question ‘Is this the brand of Islam feminists want to import to the West?’
As well as retweeting content about Islam, Piers regularly posts Tweets defending his younger brother, as with the below example urging the Parliamentary Labour Party to unite under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. However as the above tweets show clearly there is a divide in opinion between the two brothers.
We contacted Jeremy Corbyn’s office, providing details of the material in question, but they declined to provide a comment. Considering Jeremy Corbyn’s efforts to build bridges to Britain’s Muslim communities, does his own brother cast doubt over his ideas?