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Pro-Palestine activists urge Labour to support Israeli boycott

Demonstrators protest outside the Labor party conference in Brighton, on the south coast of England on September 21, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Robert Carter

Press TV, Brighton

On the fringes of the UK Labor Party's annual conference in Brighton many pro-Palestine members have congregated to promote the Palestinian cause.

This is not uncommon since Labor have a large pro-Palestine following, however, the party has yet to officially adopt the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions policy which calls for a boycott of all Israeli made goods and any company doing business with Israel.

Britain is a battleground for Palestinian rights and Labor members have expressed strong support for adopting the BDS movement in the past but with Brexit, the civil war and a looming election on the horizon the Palestinian issues may be sidelined by the leadership.

Speaking to members and delegates outside the conference, they informed me that the appetite for a Labor adoption of the BDS movement is high within its membership.

Some critics of BDS have accused it of being anti-Semitic. A branding which has been rejected by activists.

Last year’s conference was considered a roaring success, in particular, scenes of Palestinian flags flying high was applauded by members but the support comes at a cost, especially for shadow cabinet members who criticize Israel.

The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, was heavily criticized after reports surfaced she was due to attend a fringe meeting in Brighton alongside BDS co-founder, Omar Barghouti and the party leader Jeremy Corbyn has often be condemned for his comments on Israel too.

This year Corbyn is expected to focus his attention on a revolutionary socialist agenda and internal disputes on Brexit but for these pro-Palestine activist the fight for Palestine must continue.

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