Labour MPs blast through the smears to condemn Israel’s latest bloodshed
Labour MPs have ignored the smears to condemn Israel’s latest bloodshed against Palestinians.
Lisa Nandy MP condemned Israel’s military for murdering Sajid Muzher, an 18-year-old Palestinian medic who was wearing a bright orange paramedic vest:
The shooting of teenage Palestinian medic Sajid Muzher by Israeli soldiers is shocking, dangerous and must be widely condemned. For as long as we fail to ensure those responsible are held to account, these senseless killings will continue https://t.co/pvwclhxE6t
— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) March 28, 2019
In response, pro-Israel hardliner David Collier accused Nandy of ignoring Hamas violence. But the 18-year-old has just been killed against a backdrop of extreme state violence from Israel.
Since Palestinian protests began in March 2018, Israeli forces had killed at least 214 Palestinians and injured more than 18,000 by November that year. On 28 February 2019, a UN Human Rights Council inquiry found that Israel’s military may have committed “war crimes” through killing the demonstrators. Yet Israel appears unconcerned with the allegation.
On top of the 18-year-old medic, Israel’s military reportedly murdered another 17-year-old Palestinian and injured around 200 more on 30 March. Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along the border fence between Israel and Gaza to mark the anniversary of last year’s Great March of Return.
On social media, Labour MP Richard Burden also condemned Israel for killing the teenage medic:
Medics are protected persons under international law so the use of live fire agains them is therefore illegal. Time for accountability. UK must back International community telling Israel its forces do not have impunity to commit war crimes https://t.co/vhMYPUPsXn
— Richard Burden MP (@RichardBurdenMP) March 27, 2019
These Labour MPs are speaking out despite the risk of political attacks. But they are right to ignore smears and condemn Israel. With the crisis heating up again in Gaza, criticism must not be silenced.
Featured image via Lucy Hadley/ Youtube and Sky News/ Youtube
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