Liverpool, September 26 2018
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won a standing ovation on the final day of Labour’s Liverpool conference when he promised to recognise the state of Palestine “as soon as we take office”.
He called the occupation, illegal settlements and the imprisonment of Palestinian children as “an outrage” and condemned the shooting of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza and the recently-passed Nation-State Law.
“And let me next say a few words about the ongoing denial of justice and rights to the Palestinian people.
“Our party is united in condemning the shooting of hundreds of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza by Israeli forces and the passing of Israel’s discriminatory Nation-State Law.
“The continuing occupation, the expansion of illegal settlements and the imprisonment of Palestinian children are an outrage. We support a two-state solution to the conflict with a secure Israel and a viable and secure Palestinian state.
“But a quarter of a century on from the Oslo Accords we are no closer to justice or peace and the Palestinian tragedy continues, while the outside world stands by.
“As my great Israeli friend Uri Avneri who died this year put it: “What is the alternative to peace? A catastrophe for both peoples”.
“And in order to help make that two-state settlement a reality we will recognise a Palestinian state as soon as we take office.”