British Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has that the first priority of next Labour government is to recognise state of Palestine “and immediately review all arms sales to Israel.”
During a meeting for the Labour Friends of Palestine at the party’s Brighton conference, she said that such recognition would come “not in due course, not when the time is right, but now.”
Labour would also, she said, host an international emergency conference on Palestinian human rights as an urgent priority.
Thornberry told the crowded event that her concern was for both Palestinian and Israeli children.
She said: “The central screaming question is, how many more generations of Palestinian children are going to have grown up having to suffer brutality, deprivation and fear in the Occupied Territories as their normal upbringing?
“And how many generations of Israeli children are going to have grown up regarding air raid sirens, (terror attacks) and compulsory military service as their natural views?”
If Labour won the next election and she became foreign secretary, she said: “You can be assured that standing up for the Palestinians will be at the top of my list of priorities.”
She added that there would be an immediate review of arms sales from the UK to Israel “to ensure that none of those weapons are being used to breach international law and attack innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza or elsewhere.”
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