The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) welcomes the passing of a motion at the Labour Party conference that condemns Israel as an Apartheid state.

The motion, voted through by delegates to the conference, commits the Labour party to implementing sanctions against Israel, including ceasing UK-Israel arms trade and boycotting trade with illegal Israeli settlements. Delegates also welcomed the International Criminal Court’s decision to hold an inquiry into abuses committed by Israel. The motion cited reports by renowned human rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem, which concluded that through its systematic oppression of the Palestinian people, Israel was practising the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN.

This is a landmark moment in British politics and reflects a global shift in attitudes towards Israel, as the world finally wakes up to the reality of Israel’s brutal occupation. We call on the Labour Party leadership to respect this motion, and to work with Labour Party members and affiliates to implement its calls to action throughout its work and policies. We also call on other UK parties to stand on the right side of history through supporting the rights of the Palestinian people.