Jeremy Corbyn Calls For World Pressure To End The Occupation And Blockade Of Gaza

In a statement issued to mark the anniversary, Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has called for the UK to recognise Palestine to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

Corbyn said the second part of Britain’s pledge has still not been fulfilled and Britain’s historic role means they have a special responsibility to the Palestinian people.

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“Let us mark the Balfour anniversary by recognising Palestine as a step towards a genuine two-state solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, increasing international pressure for an end to the 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories, illegal settlement expansion and the blockade of Gaza.”

Corbyn declared that the British foreign secretary, Arthur James Balfour promised to help establish a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine while pledging that nothing would be done to prejudice the rights of its ‘existing non-Jewish communities’.”

On last Thursday Corbyn, chose not to attend a centenary dinner in London hosted by the current Lords Balfour and Rothschild. On the other side, Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressed their satisfaction for the Balfour Declaration which paved the way for the establishment of the “most extraordinary” State of Israel.

The leader of the opposition also did not attend a dinner to mark the anniversary of Balfour, however Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry attended the celebration in Corbyn’s place.

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