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    Corbyn says the UK government's approach to Israel's violation of international law is abysmal. | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 15 May 2018

Jeremy Corbyn accused Israel of "flagrant illegality" regarding the deaths of some 55 demonstrators.

The United Kingdom's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has denounced the killing of dozens of Palestinians who were protesting the transfer of the United States' embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday.

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The British politician accused Israel of "flagrant illegality" regarding the deaths of some 55 demonstrators, in one day, near the Gaza border. The Labour leader added that the UK government's approach was abysmal to Israel's “wanton disregard for international law.”

“The response from many western governments to this flagrant illegality, including our own - which bears a particular responsibility for a peaceful and just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict - has been wholly inadequate,” Corbyn said.

“They should take a lead from Israeli peace and justice campaigners: to demand an end to the multiple abuses of human and political rights Palestinians face on a daily basis, the 11-year siege of Gaza, the continuing 50-year occupation of Palestinian territory and the ongoing expansion of illegal settlements.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to such wanton disregard for international law.

"That is why Labour is committed to reviewing UK arms sales to Israel while these violations continue.”

Turkey endorsed Corbyn's remarks, saying the attack on the Palestinians was a “genocide.”

While colleague, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, urged Israeli forces to “stop this vicious and utterly avoidable slaughter of peaceful protesters” and condemning Benjamin Netanyahu's government "brutal, lethal and utterly unjustified actions.”

"These actions are made all the worse because they come not as the result of a disproportionate overreaction to one day's protests, but as the culmination of six weeks of an apparently systemic and deliberate policy of killing and maiming unarmed protesters and bystanders who pose no threat to the forces at the Gaza border, many of them shot in the back, many of them shot hundreds of metres from the border, and many of them children,” Thornberry stated.

"Throughout that six-week period, the UN's secretary-general has been calling for an independent investigation into these incidents, one that should urgently determine whether international law has been broken, and hold the Netanyahu government to account for their actions.

"The UK should lead calls for the UN Security Council to order such an investigation today.”

Israeli military confronted the protesting Palestinians with live bullets and tear gas, injuring more than 2,700 demonstrators in addition to fatally wounding dozens. The death toll is the highest single-day figure since 2014.

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