Israeli forces have shot at protesters on the Gaza border killing over 50 and wounding hundreds, Palestinian officials say. Tens of thousands came to protest the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
The reaction back home has been mostly mild as the western nations who back Israel generally failed to condemn or act against their ally.
Despite Israel clearly being in the wrong, shooting on unarmed protesters, the Prime Minister has failed to condemn the mass killings at the Israeli border.
In a statement, Theresa May stated
“We are concerned by the reports of violence and loss of life in Gaza. We urge calm and restraint to avoid actions destructive to peace efforts. The UK remains firmly committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital.”
Concern is as much as the PM could manage. Concern, not outrage, to a systematic, barbaric and clearly unnecessary killing of protesters. No mention that the violence was entirely one-sided and that Israel was the guilty party. Only a small statement in resistance to Trump’s mesmerisingly stupid act of placing the US embassy in Jerusalem.
The Labour Party, in contrast, remains a shining light of hope against the forces of oppression in Palestine. In a statement the Shadow Foreign secretary Emily Thornberry stated
We condemn unreservedly the Israeli government for their brutal, lethal and utterly unjustified actions on the Gaza border, and our thoughts are with all those Palestinians in Gaza whose loved ones have been killed or injured as a result. These actions are made all the worse because they come not as the result of a disproportionate over-reaction to one day’s protests, but as the culmination of six weeks of an apparently systemic and deliberate policy of killing and maiming unarmed protestors 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.
This remains the difference between the two parties. Labour seem committed to limiting the power of oppressive regimes whilst the Tory Party sit ideally by.
It is time for this nation to stand up to Israel and condemn the nation’s crimes, especially now Trump has blundered in. This must begin with the Prime Minister and the government.