‘Completely alienated’: British Muslims on Labour, Tory stance on Gaza war

Protesters hold flags and placards as they take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Trafalgar Square in London, November 25, 2023 [Alberto Pezzali/AP Photo] London, United Kingdom — Visiting Tel Aviv in mid-October, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stood next to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who had launched a devastating war on Gaza following the October 7 Hamas attacks on southern Israel. “We want you to win,” Sunak told Netanyahu before the cameras. More than two months later, the United Kingdom’s support for Israel’s war has remained largely unqualified, even as Israeli bombs and artillery firing have killed more than 21,000 Palestinians in Gaza, including more than 8,000 children. Keep reading list of 4 itemslist 1 of 4 Israel’s war on Gaza death toll nears 22,000 list 2 of 4 How has Israel’s brutal Gaza war mobilised international youth? list 3 of 4 Israel to pull out thousands of troops from Gaza list 4 of 4 Iran deploys warship to Red Sea amid soaring tensions end of list But whatever a “win” might look like for Israel, Sunak’s Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party, whose leader Keir Starmer has also backed Netanyahu’s war, have both lost voters like Ala Sirriyeh, a senior lecturer in sociology at Lancaster University. “It has shown very starkly who they are prepared to throw under the bus to get elected, whose welfare matters and whose does not,” she told Al Jazeera. “As a Palestinian, I feel completely alienated from the major political parties [in the UK] and will not be voting for either of them in the near future.” She is not alone. As Israel continues to bomb Palestinians in Gaza, a coalition of political groups, worker’s unions, students , healthcare professionals, journalists, writers, and common people from all walks of life […]

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