Ben Abbiss


“My stomach churns when I see F-15 jets bombing homes in Gaza,” Jeremy Corby told an adoring crowd in Bradford’ s Centenary Square this evening.

Around 200 people gathered in the city centre to hear the former Labour leader deliver the closing speech at a Free Palestine rally, organised by the Stop The War Coalition.

He kicked off his 20 minute long address by describing Bradford as the “cradle” of the Labour movement, referring to the foundation of the Independent labour Party in the city in 1892.

Facing a sea of Palestinian flags and placards demanding freedom and end to Palestinian persecution, Corbyn said: “I want to see peace, I want to see nationhood for the Palestinian people, and I want us to have a Government, as I wanted to be the head of a Government, that would unconditionally recognise the state of Palestine.”Before introducing Corbyn, the organiser of the rally, Arshad Ali of Stop The War Bradford, told the crowd nobody would fight for them like the headline speaker and they responded with huge cheers for the Labour MP’s support of Palestine.

Corbyn also spoke about racism and discrimination in the UK, condemning the racist abuse suffered by Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bakayo Saka in the wake of England’s Euro Final defeat on Sunday.

He continued: “Islamaphobia, antisemitism, anti-black racism, abuse of three brilliant young footballers because they didn’t quite succeed in winning a trophy.

“Stand with them, stand with those that are victims and let’s build that society that recognises diversity as a strength that recognises a multi-faith, multi-lingual society isn’t a problem, it’s something to be very proud of.”

West Yorkshire Labour MPs Imran Hussain (Bradford East) and Richard Burgon (Leeds East) also spoke at the rally in support of Palestine.

Source: Yorkshire Live

19 Jul 2021

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