Jeremy Corbyn 'concerned' about Israel ban on Palestine boycott groups

Jeremy Corbyn says he is 'concerned' about Israel ban

Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out against Israel's ban on boycott groups

Friday, January 12, 2018

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has expressed his concern at Israel's decision to ban a number of pro-Palestine campaign groups from the country.

On Sunday (January 7) the Jewish state announced a blacklist of 20 human rights groups, all of which support the BDS - boycott, divestment and sanctions - movement against Israel.

The list includes various branches of the international BDS organisation, as well as Jewish Voice for Peace and Friends of Al-Aqsa and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign - which Corbyn himself has supported in the past.

In response, a spokesman for the Labour leader told The Electronic Intifada: “Jeremy is concerned by reports that activists campaigning for justice for Palestinians, against illegal settlements and the ongoing occupation have been barred from Israel."

Corbyn's comments are likely to receive an angry reaction, particularly given the Labour leader's perceived bias on the Israel-Palestine issue.

The veteran left-winger, a long-time defender of Palestinian rights, provoked fury in Israel in late October when he turned down an invitation to have dinner with the country's president, Benjamin Netanyahu. He has also attracted widespread condemnation for describing the Palestinian militant group Hamas as "friends."

However last month Corbyn said he does not support an boycott on Israel, and a spokesman said he would be happy to buy Israeli goods.