Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Israeli Army of “committing wilful killings” that constitute “war crimes,” during demonstrations in Gaza.
The Jewish Chronicle claims they have seen a briefing document sent by Corbyn’s office to Labour MPs outlining their assessment of violence witnessed during Palestinian protests to mark the 70th anniversary of their Nakba or “catastrophe”.
— The Jewish Chronicle (@JewishChron) June 27, 2018
The document concludes that:
“Israeli forces appear to be committing wilful killings, constituting war crimes.”
More than 130 Palestinians were killed and nearly 14,000 injured between March 30 and June 7 during the ‘Great March of Return’. Israel blames Hamas for the loss of life, claiming they ordered Gazans to breach the border fences between the two peoples.
Corbyn’s briefing document is scathing of Israel’s actions against what he sees as protests that were “largely peaceful.”
— Great Return March (@GreatReturnMa) June 22, 2018
It reportedly states:
“Since March 30, a Palestinian movement (called the ‘Great March of Return’) has been marching on the border between Israel and Gaza to protest against Israel’s illegal blockade of the area and the humanitarian crisis it is helping to fuel. The protests were largely peaceful.”
It comes after the Labour leader has recently returned from a trip to Jordan where he visited Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) June 23, 2018
During his visit to Al-Baqa’a refugee camp on Saturday, which homes 100,000 Palestinians, he told reporters that his party would immediately recognize Palestine as a state if they gained power.
In Jordan, I went to Baqa'a, one of the largest Palestinian refugee camps.
We must work for a real two state settlement to the Israel-Palestine conflict, which ends the occupation and siege of Gaza and makes the Palestinian right to return a reality. pic.twitter.com/WVQrLVU7a8
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 25, 2018
He called for Israel to:
“End to the occupation, the settlement policy and the siege of Gaza, as well as recognizing the right to return.”
He called for Theresa May’s government to increase its financial support to the UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency], in light of the United States’ decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.
“I call on the British government to give more to the UNRWA,” said @jeremycorbyn during his visit to the Baqa’a refugee camp in Jordan. Corbyn met with @UNRWA employees in the camp’s health center, schools, and students at the girls’ secondary school. https://t.co/IXpwjIQwXS
— UNRWA USA (@unrwausa) June 25, 2018
The UK abstained in a UN Human Rights Council vote to launch an investigation into the killings, although they – along with the US, which rejected the motion – failed to stop the inquiry from being initiated.
Commenting on the UK’s abstention from the vote, the London-based anti-poverty charity War on Want said: "It’s disgraceful that the UK has abstained from a UN Human Rights Council vote for a Commission of Inquiry into Israel’s killing of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza."
— Abrar Khan (@khanabrar643) May 20, 2018
The British government has called for Israel to “carry out what must be a transparent inquiry into the IDF’s conduct at the ‘border’ fence and to demonstrate how this will achieve a sufficient level of independence.”
(RT, PC, Social Media)