Corbyn to Recognize Palestinian State if Elected

25 Jun
11:25 PM

Leader of the UK labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, visited al-Baqaā€™a refugee camp on Saturday, home to 100,000 Palestinian refugees, in a tour that also included Jordanā€™s mostly Syrian Zaatari camp, to mark UN world refugee day.

He had previously tweeted that: ā€œThe next Labour government will recognise Palestine, as a state, as one step towards a genuine two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.ā€

He further clarified his position in an interview with Al-Jazeera, according to the PNN, affirming that: ā€œThe Palestinian peopleā€™s rights must be met, and that means an end to the occupation, the settlement policy, and the siege of Gaza, as well as recognizing the right to return.ā€ He also criticized the Trump administrationā€™s decision to reduce aid to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) by over 50 percent.

This marks a change from traditional British government policy, especially under the last two conservative governments, who have generally been more pro-Israel.

Corbyn has consistently shown some support for the Palestinian cause. In April, he attacked ā€˜Western silenceā€™ over the killings in Gaza and many hope that his election could lead to a more pro-Palestine, or at least less pro-Israeli foreign policy.

However, there are also fears that a smear campaign by the pro-Israel lobby, accusing many critics of Israel of anti-Semitism could push Corbyn and Labour members to be less vocal on the issue.

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