The State of Palestine welcomes the decision of the British Labor Party to impose sanctions on Israel

The State of Palestine, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, welcomed the vote of the members of the annual general conference of the British opposition Labor Party, held in the city of Brighton, southern England, on a resolution supporting the use of sanctions against Israel and calling for the immediate recognition of the State of Palestine in the event that it forms a government.

The Labor Party members had voted by a clear majority with a resolution condemning “the ongoing Nakba in Palestine, Israel’s military attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque, the deliberate displacement of Sheikh Jarrah and Israel’s war on Gaza, and welcoming the investigation of the International Criminal Court into Israel’s crimes.”

The conference also referred to a resolution issued by the Trade Union Congress in 2020, in which it described Israel’s settlement activity as part of the crime of apartheid committed by Israel in the occupied territories, calling on trade unions in Europe and all over the world “to join the international campaign to stop the annexation of territories and end the apartheid regime.” “.

Today's draft resolution called on the Labor Party to set strict standards on commercial activities with Israel, which include a ban on the sale of British arms to Israel, which are used to violate human rights in Palestine, and a ban on illegal trade with Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. The resolution demanded that the Labor Party stand on the right side of history and immediately recognize the state of Palestine.

For his part, the Ambassador of Palestine to the United Kingdom, Dr. Husam Zomlot, the Labor Party's decision to mark a turning point in the definition of the conflict by a major British party that may form a government in the upcoming elections.

Zomlot said: “The importance of the decision comes from a position that crystallized within the party in the face of Israel’s intransigence and its failure to process the political settlement and the two-state solution according to international resolutions.”

Zomlot added, "The decision announces the start of calling things by their proper names, describing Israel as a colonial and apartheid regime, and supporting the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to resist colonialism, occupation and apartheid."

Ambassador Zomlot stressed that the decision of the General Conference of the Labor Party to impose a comprehensive ban on settlement goods, ban British companies operating in settlements and stop arms exports to the occupying country, constitutes an important development in the party’s positions, in addition to re-emphasizing the immediate recognition of the State of Palestine in the event the party forms a British government.

Ambassador Zomlot thanked the friends of Palestine in the party, the trade unions, the advocacy campaign for Palestine in Britain, and members of the Labor Party conference and base for their tireless efforts to reach this important decision.

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