In an interview with Muslim Press, former U.S. Army officer Joachim Hagopian said “Jeremy Corbyn is taking a courageous stand against Netanyahu and apartheid Israel, snubbing him publicly before the world, and sending a clear message that Israeli aggression and warmongering will no longer be supported nor tolerated.”

He also said that the Balfour Declaration came to represent a shameful, disgraceful betrayal of both Palestinians and Jews.

Here’s the full transcript of the interview:

Muslim Press: UK Labour Party leader Jermy Corbyn has reportedly declined to attend a dinner in London this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. What’s your take on this?

Joachim Hagopian: The Balfour Declaration became the foundation for this last century’s still unresolved Israeli-Arab conflict. The brief, three paragraph 1917 letter from then British foreign secretary James Balfour to Lord Rothschild gleefully reporting that Her Majesty’s government was behind the formation of a Jewish state betrayed the Palestinian people and Arabs everywhere. Without as much of a mention of the Palestinian people nor consulting with those who’d been living in their homeland for many centuries, the Balfour Declaration has been responsible for egregiously displacing 800,000 Palestinians. By mandate it planted on firm ground backed by the League of Nations and later the United Nations, a guarantee that a future Zionist Israel would come to fruition.

To further erode any chance of overcoming the deep seeded conflict it sewn, Britain then flip-flopped a few years later setting the stage for ethnic pogroms against Jewish settlers migrating to Palestine, even prohibiting boatloads of Holocaust survivors’ entry during World War II. So if anything, the Balfour Declaration came to represent a shameful, disgraceful betrayal of both Palestinians and Jews, and a reminder to any history-conscious Briton of the Anglo Empire’s gross and deceitful mishandling of its Palestine mandate as well as its imperialistic exploitation of the Middle East and Arab world in general. Of course the Zionists ran with it all the way to WWII, even to the sacrificial detriment of betraying non-Zionist Jewish victims in Nazi concentration camps, which ever since has been exploited to Zionist advantage not only in Israel but America and Europe as well.

No other ethnic group, religion or nation has enjoyed the power of deploying as a readymade weapon quite like the racism label of “anti-Semitism” or “anti-Semitic” to effectively silence and even imprison those who dare criticize in speaking the truth about the Jewish State of Israel, its despicable apartheid policy and its mistreatment of the Palestinian people. And the sheer power of Israel and Zionism to control the U.S. government through bribery and blackmail, in effect additionally extorting $38 billion dollars in military aid over the next decade from already financially strapped U.S. taxpayers on top of manipulating U.S. Empire into destroying Middle Eastern nations that cost over 4 million Muslim lives just since 9/11 fighting wars for the Greater Israel Project is sheer madness and pure evil. War criminal Zionists like Benjamin Netanyahu have not been kind to his own Jewish people nor its diaspora, in their name unfairly giving them a bad name, similar to how neocon Zionists in Washington in charge of America’s brutal nonstop war policy have given Americans a bad rap all over the world.

As a night and day difference from an earlier Labor Party leader - war criminal Tony Blair, Jeremy Corbyn is taking a courageous stand against Netanyahu and apartheid Israel, snubbing him publicly before the world, and sending a clear message that Israeli aggression and warmongering will no longer be supported nor tolerated. He is risking much in taking such a bold stance, because Israel still commands so much power and influence in both this world and American Empire. The last time a nation dared to directly confront Israel for its immoral policies was when the French Parliament voted to recognize Palestine as an independent state in December 2014, and within weeks Paris was violently attacked with its first of two 2015 false flag terrorist events in the Charlie Hebdo fiasco. Afterwards the uninvited Netanyahu making sure he was present in the phony arm-in-arm solidarity photo-op was obscenely nauseous.   

MP: Is it anti-Semitic for Corbyn and others not to celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration?

Joachim Hagopian: Of course it’s not anti-Semitic to be unwilling to celebrate or endorse the declaration that’s directly led to so much violence and bloodshed in the Middle East. Again, to me it’s a courageous message delivered to Bibi that his reign of terror is over. The rest of the world will no longer be appeasing to Netanyahu. We should be celebrating Corbyn’s refusal to bow down to Bibi who personifies the evil of the international crime cabal that through war, violence and economic slavery has been destroying this planet for far too long.

MP: Since that decision was made, he has been under severe criticism. For instance, Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom said opponents to the Balfour Declaration are “extremists.” What does that tell us?

Joachim Hagopian: It tells us that anyone who disagrees with Israel and its apartheid governmental policies is labeled an “extremist,” as in terrorist sympathizing enemy. It’s an old divide-and-conquer game that’s strategically worked well for the ruling elite for eons of time. You simply brand anyone who doesn’t go along with your dogma, lies, or policies as “extremist” and dangerous enemy of the state. It’s another variation of silencing the truth by enacting fascist laws prohibiting free speech. Labeling free speech and dissident views as “hateful” then becomes bogus justification to pass laws that criminalize free speech that challenges the authoritarian government or history’s lies by refuting the false dogma of so-called “facts.” Or yet another variation of silencing the truth is labeling dissidents as tin foil hat-wearing “conspiracy theorists.” It’s a CIA invention designed to ridicule and dismiss whatever uncomfortable truths that might challenge the false narrative of the oppressive state. Tagging those who disagree with punishment brandishing labels like “anti-Semitic” or “extremist” have always been very effective at character assassination and demonizing targeted enemies, especially as part of the brainwash prepping of people into blindly accepting more violence and war.  

MP: Corbyn has praised the Palestinian people and their struggle against Israel. How could this support be interpreted?

Joachim Hagopian: It can be interpreted that this is a rare politician who identifies with those who’ve unfairly suffered and been abused. Any government leader who actually supports and defends those who’ve been wronged is a rare exception in today’s geopolitical world since so many governments are full blown oligarchies now. Corbyn recognizes gross injustice when he sees it and possesses the courage to express it. To have a leader setting such a positive ethical example inspires others to do the same. It’s high time that the whole world get behind the Palestinian people in their long suffering effort and right to self-determination as an autonomous, independent state.

The ultimate hypocrisy and hubris on full display for nearly seven decades now lies in Israel’s history itself. The fact that the Zionist movement behind establishing an independent, sovereign Jewish state and the genocidal sacrifice so many Jewish people endured to ultimately bring it about, purporting the right to self-determination free of genocide oppression, means that Netanyahu and his warlike minions have conveniently forgotten their own history. They are now the genocidal oppressors refusing to grant the same inherent birthright given them in 1948 to an ancient people whose genetic claim to living in their Palestine homeland (what’s sadly left of it) far exceeds the 90% of the world’s current Jewry population that are Ashkenazi Jews whose ancestors never once set foot in the Middle East.

MP: Is Britain’s foreign policy regarding Israel likely to change?

Joachim Hagopian: That remains to be seen. I’m not all that optimistic as the UK government has only shown itself in recent years to be a mere, spineless vassal of the U.S. Empire which some reasonably claim is a spineless vassal of the Zionist Greater Israel Project. The British people voted to get out of the oppressive globalist monstrosity the European Union. And if the good will of the people have their way, the British Parliament will also soon be voting to recognize the Palestinian right to self-governance. And if Jeremy Corbyn has his way, yes, a fundamental shift in support of an overdue independent Palestine as a two-state solution might finally be forthcoming. Corbyn could lead us into a new era where Israel’s genocidal policies are justifiably rebuked by the entire world and finally stopped.


Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field with abused youth and adolescents for more than a quarter century. In recent years he has focused on his writing, becoming an alternative media journalist. His blog site is at