'Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of “committing wilful killings” that constitute “war crimes," during demonstrations in Gaza, when 62 Palestinians lost their lives in one day in May.
The Jewish Chronicle claim they have seen a briefing document sent by Corbyn’s office to Labour MPs outlining their assessment of violence witnessed during Palestinian protests to mark the 70th anniversary of their Nakba or “catastrophe”. The document concludes that "Israeli forces appear to be committing wilful killings, constituting war crimes."
According to UN figures, 131 Palestinians were killed and nearly 14,000 injured between March 30 and June 7 during the ‘Great March of Return’. Israel blame Hamas for the loss of life, claiming they ordered Gazans to breach the border fences between the two peoples.
Corbyn’s briefing document is scathing of Israel’s actions against what he sees as protests that were “largely peaceful.”
It reportedly states: "Since March 30, a Palestinian movement (called the Great March of Return') has been marching on the border between Israel and Gaza to protest against Israel's illegal blockage of the area and the humanitarian crisis it is helping to fuel.
"The protests were largely peaceful, although they regularly featured stone-throwing and the rolling of tyres at the border fence."
The paper does accept that there were pockets, stating "While some protesters in Gaza may have engaged in some form of violence it does not justify the use of live ammunition," it claims.'
Read more: Corbyn to accuse Israeli Defense Forces of ‘war crimes’ over Gaza protest killings – report
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