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Anti-Israel rally in London, 2009

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday cheered on hundreds of anti-Israel activists who participated in a National Demonstration for Palestine in London. According to Ynet, Ahed Tamimi, 18, the girl who in 2017 slapped and beat an IDF officer to become the “symbol of resistance” was spotted in the crowd. According to protest leaders, they condemned “unprecedented attacks by Israel on the Palestinian people under an alliance with US President Donald Trump,” as well as the fact that Israel “continues to build illegally in the settlements in violation of international law.”

Corbyn posted on his Facebook page that “the Labour Party is united in condemning the ongoing human rights abuses by Israeli forces, including the shooting of hundreds of unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza – most of them refugees or families of refugees – demanding their rights.”

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Naturally, he mentioned nothing about the fact that the vast majority of the Arabs who had been shot over the past 13 months alongside the Gaza border fence were paid by Hamas, and shot hurled explosives at Israeli soldiers.

“Last week’s escalation of violence, during raids on Gaza, killing 25 Palestinians, and four Israelis, is both distressing and dangerous – and a reminder of the risk that full-scale conflict can return at any time,” Corbyn continued, and called on the British government to “freeze arms sales to Israel.”

According to Middle East Eye, since the 2014 Gaza war, the UK has approved the sale of $445 million in arms to Israel, including components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters, and spare parts for sniper rifles.

Corbyn promised that “a Labour government will recognise a Palestinian state and press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations, aimed at achieving a lasting settlement based on UN resolutions, international law and justice that has been too long denied.”

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