The Hamas resistant group thanked UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his solidarity in recognizing Palestinian mourning over the 71st anniversary of the formation of the State of Israel، as the Times of Israel said.
Corbyn in a written statement had backed a Nakba Day march held in London on Saturday. The annual commemoration and protest marks the “disaster” of Arab displacement during Israel’s War of Independence. Hamas said the Labour leader expressed “support and solidarity with the Palestinian people and their inalienable rights to freedom، independence and self-determination. The resistant group also praised him for condemning “the ongoing occupation and its crimes against our people،” and said his statement “reflects an advanced moral and political position worthy of all praise and thanks.” “We also call on the current British government to stop supporting the Israeli occupation state and to listen to the voice of wisdom and reason and adopt policies in support of the Palestinian legitimate rights that will lead to stability in this vitally important and highly turbulent region،” the English-language statement read. Hamas، a resistantist organization sworn to Israel’s destruction، has ruled Gaza since 2007.
An estimated 3،000-4،000 activists attended a pro-Palestinian march in London Saturday، calling to “free Palestine” and for an end to “unprecedented attacks” on Palestinians by Israel.
Leading the march was Ahed Tamimi، an 18-year-old who became an icon of the Palestinian cause after she was jailed in 2017 for slapping an Israeli soldier on film.
Ahead of the protests Corbyn expressed his support for the Nakba Day event on his Facebook page.