Published On: Sat, Nov 28th, 2020

Starmer, Rayner, to mark International Day of Solidarity with Palestinians – by attending Labour Friends of Israel bash

LFI’s anti-Palestinian comments, Labour’s ban on discussing Corbyn and the party’s acceptance of a recent report on Labour Islamophobia appear to be no bar

Tomorrow is the United Nations’ official International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People, which was first marked more than forty years ago.

As Jewish writer David Rosenberg has noted, Labour leader Keir Starmer and deputy Angela Rayner will mark it by attending an event organised jointly by Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM):

LFI caused outrage in 2018 when it blamed Palestinians for their own murder by Israeli forces during the annual ‘Nakba’ demonstrations to mark the anniversary of their ejection from their homes and land in 1948.

As Rosenberg observes, it is highly likely that the event will include discussions of the Jeremy Corbyn situation. It is not expected that the pair will walk out to avoid breaching Labour’s ban on Labour members participating in such discussions, or report any Labour members at the event for disciplinary action for participating.

Nor does the fact appear to be any bar that Labour this month accepted in full a Labour Muslim Network report on Islamophobia that states that denying Palestinians and other Muslims their right to self-determination is racist.

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