The leader of the UK opposition Labour Party,Â MP Jeremy Corbyn, reiterated, this weekend, his partyâs support for the Palestinian cause, condemning human rights violations by Israel.
In a Facebook post, Corbyn wrote, âWe cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian peopleâŠ The Labour Party is united in condemning the ongoing human rights abuses by Israeli forces, including the shooting of hundreds of unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza â most of them refugees or families of refugees â demanding their rights.â
Corbyn also condemned the Israeli aggression on Gaza, last week, in which 25 Palestinians and four Israelis were killed in retaliatory strikes, describing it as âdistressing and dangerous â and a reminder of the risk that full-scale conflict can return at any time.â
âThe silence of many governments, including our own, has been deafening,â he remarked, adding: âThe UK government should instead unequivocally condemn the killing of demonstrators â including children, paramedics and journalists â and other civilians, and freeze arms sales to Israel.â
Corbyn called for a sustainable peace that delivers peace, justice and security to both Palestinians and Israelis, saying that it âcannot be achieved while the illegal occupation and settlement of Palestinian land continues, along with the multiple human rights abuses faced by Palestinians on a daily basis and actions of the Israeli government in flagrant disregard of international law.â
Meanwhile, the UK opposition leader said, according to Days of Palestine, that âIf President Trumpâs Middle East plan is, as expected, an attempt to bury the Palestiniansâ right to a viable state alongside Israel, we will call on our government and the international community to reject it decisively.
âNo peace plan can succeed at the expense of the rights of the Palestinian people. Thatâs why a Labour government will recognise a Palestinian state and press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations, aimed at achieving a lasting settlement based on UN resolutions, international law and justice that has been too long denied.â
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)