A senior lawmaker for Britain’s Labour party has called for a boycott of products from Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria if Israel goes ahead with plans to apply sovereignty over parts of the territory, The Guardian reports.
Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, said, “The proposal to unilaterally annex nearly a third of the West Bank is an illegal act which will undermine the prospect of a peaceful two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, and has serious implications for the stability of the Middle East.”
“It is a shameful proposition to which the UK cannot be a silent witness. Across the world concern is growing … So far the UK government has been conspicuously absent from this global response,” she added.
“This is now urgent. The government must be clear with the Israeli coalition government that concrete action will follow, including a ban on goods entering Britain from the illegal settlements in the West Bank. This is a major step, but such a blatant breach of international law must have consequences. It will take a level of courage that so far ministers have not been willing to show,” continued Nandy.
Nandy’s proposal, according to The Guardian, is backed by Labour leader Keir Starmer and is a significant toughening of Labour’s policy on Israel. In the 2019 manifesto, the party merely called for a diplomatic solution.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier this month that the Israeli move to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria "would amount to breach of international law."
Johnson stressed that his government strongly objects to the sovereignty move and will work to make the case for a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Last month, Britain’s junior Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said that Britain would not support an Israeli move to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria.
“Our long-standing position is that we do not support the annexation of parts of the West Bank, and ... doing so could make a sustainable two-state solution harder,” Cleverly told parliament.
The European Union has also expressed an objection to the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government can apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria as early as July 1.
The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, recently warned Israel against applying sovereignty over portions of Judea and Samaria.
“The European Union reiterates that any annexation would constitute a serious violation of international law. The European Union will continue to closely monitor the situation and its broader implications, and will act accordingly,” he said.