Mr Charalambous's article
To be honest, until today I had never heard of Bambos Charalambous, the Labour MP for Enfield. But he’s Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Middle East and Africa, and he began an article in today’s LabourList saying “When it comes to the question of achieving peace in the Middle East, Labour is clear: in government, we would immediately recognise the state of Palestine. We want to see a two-state solution, with a sovereign and secure Palestine and Israel existing in peace alongside one another. But we must acknowledge how far away that goal is.” Mr Charalambous writes about the practical difficulties Palestinians face living under the apartheid regime, although he doesn’t go so far as to call it that. Still, it is welcome that he says a Labour government would immediately recognise the state of Palestine, although that state, under so much illegal occupation looks more like scattered jigsaw pieces than a coherent whole. Labour needs to spell out what boundaries this state would have, and on what basis it could claim sovereignty over its territory. The goal of a ‘two state’ solution is indeed ‘far away’ and we must be vigilant against any cynical use of the term. As far as Mr Charalambous’s article is concerned, with its sympathetic stance towards the plight of Palestinians, one wonders how long he’ll retain his job.
Perhaps Labour could show more support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. Correction: we already do. BDS is fine when used against Russia.
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