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  • Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the launch of Labour's European election campaign in Kent, Britain, May 9, 2019.

    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the launch of Labour's European election campaign in Kent, Britain, May 9, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 May 2019

Corbyn also condemned the Israeli aggression on Gaza last week in which 25 Palestinians were killed and four Israelis killed.

Leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, reiterated Saturday his party’s support for the Palestinian cause, condemning human rights violations by Israel.

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“We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people… 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 – most of them refugees or families of refugees – demanding their rights,” Corbyn wrote in a Facebook post on his page in what he called a message for the National Demonstration for Palestine in London in which he had participated in the past. 

Corbyn also condemned the Israeli aggression on Gaza last week in which 25 Palestinians were killed and four Israelis killed in retaliatory rocket strikes, describing it as “distressing and dangerous – and a reminder of the risk that full-scale conflict can return at any time.”

“The silence of many governments, including our own, has been deafening,” he remarked, adding, “The UK government should instead unequivocally condemn the killing of demonstrators – including children, paramedics and journalists – and other civilians, and freeze arms sales to Israel.”

Corbyn called for a sustainable peace that delivers peace, justice and security to both Palestinians and Israelis, saying it “cannot 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.”

The leftist leader went on to say that “If President Trump’s Middle East plan is, as expected, an attempt to bury the Palestinians’ right to a viable state alongside Israel, we will call on our government and the international community to reject it decisively.”

“No peace plan can succeed at the expense of the rights of the Palestinian people. That’s 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.”

A leaked draft was circulated in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which is planned to be published next month after the end of Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The draft outlined a plan for a two-state solution which includes the creation of “New Palestine.” This new Palestine will not be allowed to have an army, share Jerusalem as the capital of both countries and all the illegal settlements in West Bank will be part of Israel.

If any party rejects the deal, the document warns of penalties by the U.S., that would see cutting all aid to any party that rejects including Israel and making sure that “no country in the world transfers money” to Palestinians if they reject the deal. 

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