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UK Labour party delegates pass harshly anti-Israeli motion

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Delegates brandishing Palestinian flags at a Labour party conference in Liverpool, September 25, 2018.
AFP / Oli SCARFFDelegates brandishing Palestinian flags at a Labour party conference in Liverpool, September 25, 2018.

Replete with accusations rejected by Israel, the resolution calls to boycott the Jewish State

Delegates to Britain’s Labour Party on Monday passed a motion condemning Israel for what they termed the “ongoing Nakba in Palestine.”

"Conference condemns the ongoing Nakba in Palestine, Israel's militarized violence attacking the Al Aqsa mosque, the forced displacements from Sheikh Jarrah and the deadly assault on Gaza," read the motion, passed on the third day of the annual Labour conference held in Brighton, southern England. 

Citing reports by the Israeli leftist NGO B'Tselem and by the Human Rights Watch group, both of which accused the Jewish state of forcing a regime of segregation and discrimination on Palestinians, the resolution “unequivocally" accepted the claims that "Israel is practicing the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN.”

Israel has repeatedly rejected such accusations as grounded in anti-Jewish prejudice. 

Endorsing a boycott of the Jewish state, the motion stated that "action is needed now due to Israel's continuing illegal actions and that Labour should adhere to an ethical policy on all UK trade with Israel, including stopping any arms trade used to violate Palestinian human rights and trade with illegal Israeli settlements."

The opposition party was embroiled in constant anti-Semitism scandals under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, who stepped down in 2019. His successor Keir Starmer has pledged to clamp down on the anti-Israeli legacy of the far-left radical. 

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