NGOs Urge UK Labour Government to End ‘Complicity in Israeli Crimes’ in Gaza

Spread the love

Original article by JULIA CONLEY republished from Common Dreams under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). 

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer is seen at the NATO 75th anniversary summit in Washington, D.C., on July 10, 2024. 
(Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are asking this government for leadership and to take a just decision, for the sake of Palestinians in Gaza who are living through ‘hell on Earth,'” said six rights groups.

A week after the British Labour Party won control of the United Kingdom’s government, six rights organizations called on Prime Minister Keir Starmer to bring the country “back from the brink” and restore its “credibility on the international stage” by ending its military support for Israel.

“The Labour Party now has the chance to start restoring some credibility by ensuring the U.K. abides by international law, thereby extricating the U.K. from the indelible stain of complicity in Israeli crimes that deeply shock the conscience of humanity,” wrote the British Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and Al-Haq, based in Palestine.

The groups wrote the letter with the support of the International Center of Justice for Palestinians, War on Want, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Addressing Starmer along with newly appointed Foreign Secretary David Lammy and Secretary of State for Business and Trade Jonathan Reynolds, the groups reminded the prime minister that following his election, he promised Britons that the “sunlight of hope was shining once again” after 14 years of Conservative rule, and called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to say there is a “clear and urgent need for a cease-fire.”

“Calls for a cease-fire are evidently not enough, in particular when the U.K. is arming one party to the conflict,” wrote the groups, pointing out that earlier this week Palestinians in northern Gaza reported that recent bombing there has “matched October 2023 in its intensity—with levels of destruction not witnessed since World War II, nearly all civilian infrastructure is completely destroyed.”

“We are asking this government for leadership and to take a just decision, for the sake of Palestinians in Gaza who are living through ‘hell on Earth,'” they wrote. “The world should have put an end to their unimaginable suffering a long time ago. Labour must suspend, revoke, and refuse all arms licenses for Israel now.”

The U.K. licensed about £859,381 ($1.09 million) of weapons to Israel in the last three months of 2023, as the Israel Defense Forces relentlessly attacked Gaza and blocked nearly all humanitarian aid, leading to what 10 independent United Nations experts this week said is now famine across the enclave.

“The new Labour government’s calls for a cease-fire are meaningless while it continues to arm Israel. British weapons have killed too many Palestinians,” said GLAN lawyer Charlotte Andrews-Briscoe. “This government knows that the only lawful and moral decision is to stop arming Israel. Britons have voted for change: This government must deliver that change.”

On social media, GLAN amplified a video posted by Starmer on Sunday in which he pledged to “restore politics as a force for good.”

“We are calling on Keir Starmer to put these words into action,” said the legal group.

When the war on Gaza’s population of 2.3 million people ends, said the groups, Starmer’s government must expect that there will be “a reckoning in which Israel will be found to have committed mass atrocities.”

But the organizations called on Starmer—who, months before he called on Netanyahu to agree to a cease-fire, said Israel had “the right” to withhold power and water from Gaza—to see that ending military support for Israel “is not only the legal obligation of the U.K., it is a moral obligation.”

“Schoolchildren will learn about this period for years to come, just as we have all learned about past genocides and wondered how they could be allowed to happen,” reads the letter. “Will they read about a new Labour government that acted with respect for the sanctity of all human life?”

Original article by JULIA CONLEY republished from Common Dreams under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). 

Zionist Keir Starmer is quoted "I support Zionism without qualification." He's asked whether that means that he supports Zionism under all circumstances, whatever Zionists do.
Zionist Keir Starmer is quoted “I support Zionism without qualification.” He’s asked whether that means that he supports Zionism under all circumstances, whatever Zionists do.

Vote For Genocide Vote Labour.
Vote For Genocide Vote Labour.
Continue ReadingNGOs Urge UK Labour Government to End ‘Complicity in Israeli Crimes’ in Gaza

George Monbiot exposes Starmer’s hollow victory

Spread the love

Rupert Murdoch supports the Red Tories (UK Labour Party) and needs his nappy changed.
Rupert Murdoch supports the Red Tories (UK Labour Party) and needs his nappy changed.
Zionist Keir Starmer is quoted "I support Zionism without qualification." He's asked whether that means that he supports Zionism under all circumstances, whatever Zionists do.
Zionist Keir Starmer is quoted “I support Zionism without qualification.” He’s asked whether that means that he supports Zionism under all circumstances, whatever Zionists do.
Continue ReadingGeorge Monbiot exposes Starmer’s hollow victory

Pressure mounts on Labour to scrap cruel ‘sibling penalty’

Spread the love
Image of Keir Starmer and a poor child.
Zionist Keir ‘Kid Starver’ Starmer. Image thanks to The Skwawkbox.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/pressure-piles-labour-scrap-cruel-sibling-penalty-campaigners-warn-most-large. Many articles from the Morning Star today.

PRESSURE piled on Labour to scrap the government’s cruel “sibling penalty” today as campaigners warned it’s set to push the majority of large families below the poverty line by the end of this parliament.

The two-child benefit limit, introduced in 2017, stops parents from claiming universal credit or child tax credit for more than two children.

But figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show 1.6 million children are now affected by the policy, rising by 100,000 in a year.

The Resolution Foundation warned the policy will push most large families below the breadline by the end of the parliament and said abolishing it would lift 490,000 children out of poverty.

Sir Keir Starmer pledged to reduce child poverty at Labour’s manifesto launch, but failed to commit to scrapping the cap.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/pressure-piles-labour-scrap-cruel-sibling-penalty-campaigners-warn-most-large. Many articles from the Morning Star today.

Continue ReadingPressure mounts on Labour to scrap cruel ‘sibling penalty’

Morning Star Editorial: Water disgrace: Labour’s contortions keep the privatised gravy train rolling

Spread the love

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/water-disgrace-labours-contortions-keep-privatised-gravy-train-rolling. Many articles from the Morning Star today.

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer (centre front) next to Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner (front row, third from left) and Chancellor Rachel Reeves (front row, fourth from right) stand with Labour Party MPs, some of whom won seats in the 2024 General Election, at Church House in Westminster, central London, July 8, 2024

CHANCELLOR Rachel Reeves is right to say that steep increases in our water bills are a “bitter pill to swallow” — especially since her government could stop them if it wanted to.

Maybe its reluctance to take the obvious step — nationalisation — is linked to the lucrative rewards waiting for former ministers who play ball. After all, Water UK, the trade association lobbying for still steeper rises, is headed by former Labour minister Ruth Kelly.

Water UK slams Ofwat’s refusal to endorse its own proposed increases as “the biggest-ever cut in investment.”

No other country has surrendered its water to private companies in this way and it is unlikely that any will, given that the outcome here has been poisoned waterways, sewage-strewn beaches and soaring bills. Earlier this year, over half the people polled said the sewage scandal would affect their vote. It may well have driven the Tory collapse across swathes of southern and coastal England. An even higher proportion, 69 per cent, want water back in public hands.

Labour says the cost of renationalisation is prohibitive and lands the public with private-sector debt.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/water-disgrace-labours-contortions-keep-privatised-gravy-train-rolling. Many articles from the Morning Star today.

Image of a burst water main.
Image of a burst water main.
Continue ReadingMorning Star Editorial: Water disgrace: Labour’s contortions keep the privatised gravy train rolling

Amnesty launches tells new Labour government ‘a lot needs fixing’

Spread the love

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/amnesty-launches-ads-tell-government-lot-needs-fixing. Many articles from the Morning Star today.

One of Amnesty International’s adverts in the London Underground, July 11, 2024

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL launched an ad campaign featuring yellow and black hazard tape on the London Underground today, telling the government that “a lot needs fixing.”

The posters, set to run until the end of the month at Westminster station, also say that “human rights are the answer.”

A to-do list has been made by the group for the first 100 days of the new Labour government, which includes an immediate suspension of arms to Israel, addressing homelessness and the housing crisis, and a major overhaul of the asylum system.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/amnesty-launches-ads-tell-government-lot-needs-fixing. Many articles from the Morning Star today.

Continue ReadingAmnesty launches tells new Labour government ‘a lot needs fixing’