Greens condemn UK appeasement of Israeli forces’ massacre of unarmed Palestinians

Green MEP Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Palestine Delegation, has responded to the UK Government, White House and other prominent actors’ responses to the Israeli security forces’ “massacre” of more than 50 unarmed Palestinian people on Monday, 14 May.

The senior Green politician said:

“That the Israeli state marked the 70th anniversary of its creation and the US’s deliberately provocative decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem by massacring more than 50 unarmed Palestinian protesters is nothing short of an atrocity. It is being described as a clash, but without a single casualty on the IDF side, it is more like a one-sided attack.”

“Since March, thousands of Gazan residents, living under an illegal Israeli blockade, have been protesting for their right to return to their homeland. Since March, Israeli security forces have responded violently, killing more than a hundred unarmed Palestinian people, including journalists and children.”

“Yet, in the face of the bloodshed, too many in the West have been quick to minimise or even excuse the state-sanctioned murder of unarmed protesters. The White House labelled the innocent lives lost at the hands of Israeli troops as “part of the problem,” as it celebrated its embassy move. At the same time, the UK government and Labour Friends of Israel blamed the unarmed Palestinian people for daring to protest against their repression and raising the spectre of Hamas, despite the evidence.” 

“In the EU too, the actions of the Isreali Defence Force go unchallenged, with the head of the External Action Service, Ms Francesco Mogherini’s ineffective statement being seen by many as limp, useless and insulting. Accordingly, Greens in the European Parliament are pushing for an urgent debate and action on the atrocity.”

“Greens will continue to support the ideals of freedom, equality and respect for international law. And that includes supporting Palestinian people marking the Nakba by protesting against their illegal oppressors.”

“We support a two-state solution, but with the tyrant Netanyahu being appeased by the West at every turn, this has never seemed so far away.”