Conference welcomes the decision of the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction over Palestine and to hold an inquiry into abuses committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2014.
Conference notes the de facto annexation of Palestinian land by accelerated settlement building, ethnic cleansing of neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, and Israeli Government statements that it still intends to proceed with annexation.
Conference notes that the TUC Congress motion of 2020 describes such settlement building and annexation as being “another significant step” towards the UN Crime of Apartheid; reinforced by the reports of Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the Human Rights Watch report, A Threshold Crossed, which details how Palestinians are “born unequal”.
Conference deplores the discriminatory approach of the Israeli Government excluding the Palestinian population from its Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Conference resolves that action is needed now due to Israel’s continuing illegal actions and that Labour should adhere to an ethical policy on all UK trade with Israel, stopping any arms trade with Israel that is used in violation of the human rights of Palestinians.
Conference resolves to take “effective measures”, as called for by Palestinian civil society, including sanctions, against actions by the Israeli government that are illegal according to international law; in particular to ensure that Israel stops the building of settlements, reverses any annexation, ends the occupation of the West Bank, the Wall and the blockade of Gaza, and respects the right of refugees to return to their homes under international law.