Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“Labour has been clear throughout this conflict that international law must be upheld”

David Lammy, FCDO Shadow Secretary, House of Commons

Facts

In a debate on Israel and Gaza in the House of Commons, David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, declared: “Labour has been clear throughout this conflict that international law must be upheld.”

Asked on 15 October 2023 if he supported an Israeli order to clear north Gaza—a contravention of international law later cited by the International Court of Justice in its reasoning on why a genocide case against Israel could proceed—Lammy answered: “It’s not a yes or no. I’m hoping one day to be foreign secretary.”

The same month, Lammy responded to the bombing of the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, causing the death of more than 50 civilians, by saying “When it comes to ethics, it’s clear to me that it’s wrong to bomb a refugee camp but clearly if there is a military objective it can be legally justifiable. It’s for Israel to explain its actions.”

Meanwhile, the Labour leader Keir Starmer answered on 11 October 2023 that Israel had the “right” to withhold power and water from Palestinians, contravening international law. As late as May 2024, Starmer would not say he would enforce arrest warrants against the Israeli Prime Minister and defence minister, were they to be issued by the International Criminal Court.

Verdict

Shameless. During grave breaches of international law by Israel, Labour has repeatedly avoided calling for international law to be upheld.

We emailed David Lammy’s office and Labour offering them the chance to respond. We received no response.

Published 28 Jun 2024
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