The British Labour Party yesterday voted in favor of a motion which could see Britain cease trade with Israel if it doesn’t comply with international human rights laws.
The motion, titled “Ethical Foreign Policy” was proposed by Hove Constituency Labour Party (CLP) and Birkenhead CLP, and would only come into effect if the Labour party wins the next general election and the motion is passed by parliament.
— Dave (@Merlyn43) September 23, 2019
The motion included a call to “work globally for an alliance” rejecting trade agreements with Israel that failed to recognize the rights of Palestinians, and declared US President Donald Trump’s proposed peace plan – dubbed the “deal of the century” – a “one-sided attempt to destroy Palestinian rights”.
It also called on any future Labour government to apply international law on settlements in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories.
Hove CLP delegate Ali Brownlie Bojang said:
“A Labour government’s solution should include self-determination and the right to return to their homes, protected by international law, and expressed in countless UN resolutions.”
Labour Conference just voted almost unanimously for a motion that supports Palestinian right of return and moves us much closer to #BDS
— JewishVoiceForLabour (@JVoiceLabour) September 23, 2019
“As socialists, we stand always with the oppressed. Conference, I move: Free Palestine!”
The motion received a standing ovation and chants of “Free Palestine!” amidst a sea of Palestinian flags.
Jewish Voice for Labour’s Vanessa Stillwell of Dulwich and West Norwood CLP spoke for the motion, saying she supported party leader Jeremy Corbyn as the most “anti-racist leader this party has ever had”, to which she received rapturous applause.
— al whit (@soitiz) September 24, 2019
The motion was passed almost unanimously by conference delegates at the end of the International Affairs session.
In response, Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) Director Jennifer Garber accused the party of being the “home of Israel-haters and anti-Jewish racists”, and described the motion’s success as a “dark day in the history of the Labour Party”.
*Our* Jewish community welcomes the motion because we long for full rights, equality and freedom from military occupation and control, for all people in Israel-Palestine, regardless of race or creed.#BDS
— Artists for Palestine UK (@Art4PalestineUK) September 23, 2019
However, Artists for Palestine UK, whose supporters include actress Miriam Margolyes and Nick Seymour from music band Crowded House, were quick to respond to LFI’s accusations.
In a tweet, they said: “*Our* Jewish community welcomes the motion because we long for full rights, equality and freedom from military occupation and control, for all people in Israel-Palestine, regardless of race or creed.”
(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)