Corbyn: A Labour government would quickly recognise Palestine as a state
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Corbyn: A Labour government would quickly recognise Palestine as a state

Labour leader makes remarks while touring Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan,

Screenshot from Jeremy Corbyn's video from a refugee camp in Jordan
Screenshot from Jeremy Corbyn's video from a refugee camp in Jordan

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that a Labour-led government would recognise Palestine as a state.

Corbyn, on a tour of camps in Jordan for Syrian and Palestinian refugees as part of his first international trip outside of Europe since becoming Labour Party leader in 2015, said in a tweet on Saturday: “Today I’ll visit the Al-Baqa’a refugee camp which was first created in 1968, where 100,000 Palestinians live. The next Labour government will recognise Palestine as a state as one step towards a genuine two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.”

On Friday during a tour of Zaatari, Jordan’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, Corbyn criticised the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and called moving the U.S. Embassy there a “catastrophic mistake.”

He also said: “I think there has to be a recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people to their own state which we as a Labour Party said we would recognise in government as a full state as part of the United Nations.”

A Palestinian state would be recognised “very early on” under a Labour government, he said.

Jewish groups have accused Corbyn, of tolerating and at times encouraging expressions of anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism or anti-capitalism by thousands of supporters who joined the party under him.

The party has kicked out some members caught engaging in anti-Semitic rhetoric, while other members including Marc Wadworth, were expelled for bringing the party into disrepute. Former Momentum vice-chair, Jackie Walker, was suspended by the party for allegations of anti-Semitism, while former Mayor of London , Ken Livingstone, who said Hitler had once ‘supported Zionism’, announced he would not renew his membership, and face a further disciplinary panel, which would have likely seen his expulsion.

Under Corbyn — who in 2009 called Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends” whom he said he was “honoured” to host in parliament — Labour has also readmitted or refrained from punishing others who made statements perceived as anti-Semitic.

 

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