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Labor MP Tahir Ali apologizes for PMQ boast that Rishi Sunak has ‘blood on his hands’ over support for Israel

A Labor MP today apologized for a PMQ rant accusing Rishi Sunak of having «blood on his hands» for supporting Israel.

Tahir Ali launched a salvo in the House of Commons that the Prime Minister had «boldly declared» confidence in Israel under international law despite State Department concerns.

Greens MP Birmingham Hall said: «So is now not the time for the Prime Minister to admit that he has the blood of thousands of innocent people on his hands and commit to calling for an immediate ceasefire and an end to Britain’s arms trade with Israel?»

But to thunderous approval from the Tory benches, Mr Sunak simply pointed out that the intervention undermined Keir Starmer’s claim to have reformed the party since the Jeremy Corbyn era. «This is the face of a changed Labor Party,» he said.

The Labor leadership distanced itself from Mr Ali’s comments after clashes in the House of Commons, with a party spokesman calling them «clearly inappropriate».

And this afternoon the MP apologized in a statement on social media. «Earlier at PMQs I asked the Prime Minister about Israel’s actions in Gaza,» he wrote.

“This is obviously a deeply emotional matter. While I do not give up my strongly held views on the situation in the Middle East, I would like to apologize for the way I described it.’

Labor MP Tahir Ali today apologized for a PMQ rant accusing Rishi Sunak of having «blood on his hands» for supporting Israel.

To thunderous approval from the Tory benches, Mr Sunak simply pointed out that the intervention undermined Keir Starmer’s claim to have reformed the party since the Jeremy Corbyn era.

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Mr Ali issued an apology saying politicians must be «respectful in the language we use»

He continued: «We all have a responsibility to be respectful in the language we use, even when discussing difficult and sometimes sensitive issues.»

Aiming his question at Mr Sunak at PMQs, Mr Ali said: “Recently released documents reveal that the Foreign Office had serious concerns about Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law and its ongoing assault on Gaza.

“This assessment was hidden from Parliament while the Prime Minister boldly expressed his confidence in Israel’s respect for international law.

“Since then, the extent of Israel’s war crimes in Gaza has been revealed to the world thanks to the South African case at the ICJ.

«So isn’t now the time for the Prime Minister to admit that he has the blood of thousands of innocent people on his hands and commit to calling for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the UK’s arms trade with Israel?»

Asked about the remarks later, a Labor spokesman said: ‘This language is clearly inappropriate and is not language that we support or encourage or believe should be used.’

It is not yet clear whether any talks have taken place between party fighters and Mr Ali.

The Guardian reported last week that an internal Foreign Office assessment after reviewing the Amnesty International report initially concluded it had «serious concerns» about Israel’s actions in Gaza.

The assessment concerned the decision whether to withdraw arms export licenses to Israel.

The newspaper reported that an internal government assessment unit then concluded it did not have enough information to make a decision on compliance and left the decision to ministers, with Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron ultimately recommending against withdrawing arms export licenses and instead saying that the situation should be kept under control. Assessment.

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Labor distanced itself from Mr Ali’s comments after clashes in the Commons, with a spokesman for Keir Starmer (pictured) calling them «plainly inappropriate»

Lord Cameron reportedly said there was «good evidence to support the judgment that Israel is committed to international humanitarian law (IHL)».

Earlier at PMQs, SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn said: «I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the UK Prime Minister to stand up to that shipping box and tell the people on these islands and elsewhere that they’re going to shoot an unarmed man walking under them.» white flag is a war crime.

«Now in recent weeks this House has acted with urgency and purpose following the ITV drama, the question is will this House now show the same urgency and purpose following this ITV News report and ultimately support a ceasefire?»

Mr Sunak replied: «No one wants this conflict to continue a moment longer than necessary and we want to see an immediate and permanent humanitarian pause.»

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said: «The next time there is a ceasefire vote at the UN, will his representative vote yes?»

Mr Sunak said: «Of course we will deal with all UN resolutions on their merits.»

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