The leader of the British opposition, Labor Jeremy Corbyn, announced that one of the first steps he will take if he is elected prime minister will be recognition of the “Palestinian state”.

“Immediately after being elected as prime minister, we will recognize the Palestinian state,” Corbyn said. 

Corbyn delivered the speech in Liverpool, against the backdrop of the media storm following controversial incidents involving the leader of the Labour Party, including his participation alongside known terrorists in events considered anti-Semitic by nature.

“Let me say a few things about the prevention of justice and the rights of Palestinians,” Corbyn said in a speech given to Labour Party members at the conclusion of their annual convention.

“Our party is united in condemning the killing of hundreds of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza by Israeli security forces and the passage of the discriminatory Nation-State Law. The continuation of the occupation, the expansion of illegal settlements and the imprisonment of Palestinian children is a scandal. We support the two-state solution: a secure Israel and a secure and viable Palestinian state,” Corbyn said.

“But a quarter of a century after the Oslo Accords, we are no closer to justice and peace, and the Palestinian tragedy continues, while the world remains on the sidelines,” Corbyn continued.

“Like my good friend Uri Avnery, who passed away this year, he said, ‘What is the alternative to peace? a catastrophe for both peoples,’ and to help make the two-state solution a reality, the Palestinian state must be recognized as soon as possible.

Corbyn also referred to the wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the Labor Party, saying that “the outbreak of anti-Semitism in Britain has caused enormous pain and anxiety in the Jewish community, and we will work with the Jewish community to eradicate anti-Semitism both in the party and in society at large.

Corbyn is known as a strong opponent of Israel, and in the past has called Hamas and Hezbollah “my friends'”.

In 2014 he participated in a memorial ceremony for terrorists of the “Black September” organization responsible for the assassination of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games.

According to the Daily Mail, in a speech delivered in London in 2013 at a conference attended by radical Islamists and posted on the Hamas military wing website, Corbyn said that “British Zionists” do not understand English humor despite having lived in Britain all their lives. 

The list of speakers at the conference included antisemites, homophobes and promoters of conspiracy theories. Two years after the conference, Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party.

In late August, Frank Field, a veteran member of the Labor Party, announced his resignation from the party. Field claimed that the Labour leadership had become an “anti-Semitic force” in Britain. He revealed that he had decided to leave the party because of Jeremy Corbyn’s “series of attempts” to deny anti-Semitic statements by party members.

According to the Daily Mail, in a speech delivered in London in 2013 at a conference attended by radical Islamists and posted on the Hamas military wing website, Corbyn said that “British Zionists” do not understand English humor despite having lived in Britain all their lives. 

The list of speakers at the conference included antisemites, homophobes and promoters of conspiracy theories. Two years after the conference, Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party.

In late August, Frank Field, a veteran member of the Labor Party, announced his resignation from the party. Field claimed that the Labour leadership had become an “anti-Semitic force” in Britain. He revealed that he had decided to leave the party because of Jeremy Corbyn’s “series of attempts” to deny anti-Semitic statements by party members.

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