UK lawmakers call for economic sanctions on Israel
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UK lawmakers call for economic sanctions on Israel

Labour politician also urges arms embargo on Jewish state over its treatment of the Palestinians

The House of Commons in London (photo credit: CC BY-Alan Cleaver, Flickr)
The House of Commons in London (photo credit: CC BY-Alan Cleaver, Flickr)

British lawmakers have called for economic sanctions and boycotts on Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

The calls came late Monday during a three-hour debate in the Parliament’s House of Commons, according to the London-based Jewish Chronicle.

Some 30 lawmakers spoke during the session, most of them criticizing Israel and several others comparing Israeli policies to apartheid in South Africa, according to the Chronicle.

Labour Party lawmaker Grahame Morris, who led the session, said during the debate that an arms embargo should be placed on Israel in addition to economic sanctions.

The session comes weeks after the House of Commons approved a nonbinding motion to recognize a Palestinian state. The session was required after more than 124,000 British citizens signed a petition calling for the debate, according to the Chronicle.

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