The United Kingdom's Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has criticized Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters – along with the "silence" and "support" of Western governments – as "shameful."
"The killing of Razzan Najjar, the 22-year-old medical volunteer shot by an Israeli sniper in Gaza on Friday, is the latest tragic reminder of the outrageous and indiscriminate brutality being meted out, under orders from the (Benjamin) Netanyahu government," Corbny said in a Facebook post.
"The silence, or worse support, for this flagrant illegality, from many Western governments, including our own, has been shameful."
Corbyn said the United Kingdom, as a permanent U.N. Security Council member, has a "particular responsibility" to ensure there is accountability and "effective international action to halt the killings."
"The U.K. government's decision not to support either a U.N. Commission of Inquiry into the shocking scale of killings of civilian protesters in Gaza, or the more recent UN resolution condemning indiscriminate Israeli use of force – and calling for the protection of Palestinians – is morally indefensible," the Labour leader said.
Last week, the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinians after it had passed the vote. The United Kingdom abstained from the vote, while France, Russia, Bolivia, China, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Peru, Sweden, and Ecuatorial Guinea backed the Kuwait-proposed measure.
The United States had put forward a counter measure condemning and blaming Palestinian political group Hamas for the violence, a measure that did not receive the support of a single country in the 15-member council.