Hamas says its ties with UK Labor’s Corbyn a ‘painful hit for the Zionist enemy’

Jeremy Corbyn is facing fresh embarrassment amid Labour’s raging anti-Semitism row after being praised by Hamas.

The leader has been under intense pressure to disown the extremist group – which he has previously described as ‘friends’.

Over the weekend Israeli ambassador Mark Regev delivered a thinly-veiled attack on politicians who ’embrace’ Hamas, the armed wing of which is banned in Britain as a terrorist group.

Mr Corbyn has insisted he speaks to many groups he disagrees with as part of efforts to bring about peace in the Middle East.

A spokesman for Hamas has now hailed Mr Corbyn for his refusal to condemn the group.

Taher Al-Nunu said Mr Corbyn’s willingness to engage with it was a ‘painful hit that the Zionist enemy received’