Jeremy Corbyn Accuses IDF Of “Wilful Killings” And “War Crimes” On Gaza Strip
“We must work for a real two-state settlement to the Israel-Palestine conflict, which ends the occupation and siege of Gaza and makes the Palestinian right to return a reality.”

Labour leader has accused the Israel Defense Forces of “war crimes” in their recent border violence on Gaza Strip.

Last week, Jeremy Corbyn visited Jordan’s two biggest refugee camps, al-Zaatari for Syrians and al-Baqa’a for Palestinians. He promised that under his leadership the next Labour government would recognise Palestine as a full state.

Following a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp, Corbyn tweeted: “We must work for a real two-state settlement to the Israel-Palestine conflict, which ends the occupation and siege of Gaza and makes the Palestinian right to return a reality.”

The right of return is the principle that Palestinians are entitled to return to the land they and their families lived on before 1948. Some 850,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes in a process of ethnic cleansing aimed at making sure the new state of Israel would have a Jewish majority.

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In a briefing document sent by the leader’s office to Labour MPs, Corbyn criticised the IDF for “wilful killings” and “war crimes” in the protest that has left many Palestinians dead and many more injured.

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“Since March 30, a Palestinian movement (called the Great March of Return’) has been marching on the border between Israel and Gaza to protest against Israel’s illegal blockage of the area and the humanitarian crisis it is helping to fuel.” Corbyn wrote.

“while some protesters in Gaza may have engaged in some form of violence, it does not justify the use of live ammunition.” he adds, “Israeli forces appear to be committing wilful killings, constituting war crimes.”

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Corbyn also referred to “the illegal Israeli-blockade on Gaza’s coast” and the chronic electricity shortage in the region.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the leader also decried a US decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

“I think the decision to locate the US embassy in Jerusalem was a huge mistake. And I think the decision to cut the funding from UNRWA is a huge mistake.” Corbyn said.

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