Muslims across the UK have ‘no confidence’ in Keir Starmer after he supported Israel

Keir Starmer: his unthinking support for Israel may have torpedoed his electoral chances in the UK.

This should be self-explanatory:

The statement includes the following: “The letter conveys a clear and powerful message: the Muslim community in the UK has lost confidence in Keir Starmer as the Leader of the Labour Party due to his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“It explicitly states that the Muslim community will no longer vote for the Labour Party if Keir Starmer remains in his leadership position without a substantial change in his approach to this conflict.”

It follows Keir Starmer’s comments as Labour leader last week, that Israel not only has the right to defend itself against attack from groups like Hamas, but that it may also cut off food, water and energy to Gaza – and the 2.2 million innocent people therein, half of whom are children – as part of its efforts to do so. These are war crimes.

Here’s a recording of him saying it, along with a comment pointing out the problem with his words:

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Labour subsequently provided a briefing to party representatives, detailing what they should say, if asked. It features all the phrases we’ve heard so many times already: “Israel has the right to defend itself… international law must be upheld.”

In fact it stops short of “full-throated support for Israeli war crimes and contempt for Palestinian lives”, as Karl Hansen describes it below. But…

… nor does it accept that Israel’s responses have been war crimes. The document merely repeats ad nauseum the line about its right to defend itself.

This explains much of Labour’s output since the conflict started; MPs and representatives have been singing from this hymn sheet, terrified of providing an honest opinion.

That’s probably why British Muslims are so utterly appalled and outraged.

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Muslim party members and councillors have been resigning ever since Starmer made his statement, citing Labour’s total lack of support for them and people of their ethnicity. Here’s the latest:

The first was Lubaba Khalid, formerly Young Labour’s BAME officer, on October 12.

Now it seems Labour bigwigs are going out to constituencies with large numbers of Muslims, trying to gauge the amount of damage Starmer has caused with his amateurish outburst:

And Starmer is apparently holding meetings to decide how to address the situation:

And what are the rest of us to make of this disaster?

Firstly: it could cost Labour the next general election. It only takes the lose of a few dozen votes – or a few hundred in more heavily Muslim-populated constituencies, and suddenly the party will be in deep trouble.

Secondly: it exposes Keir Starmer as a political idiot and raises significant doubts about his fitness to continue in his current role:

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  1. Eric Jarvis October 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Importantly Starmer has lost the Muslim vote in his own constituency where they make up just under 20% of the electorate.

  2. James October 18, 2023 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    “Muslims across the UK have ‘no confidence’ in Keir Starmer after he supported Israel” – not surprisingly! (The vast majority of the actual left – Muslim, Jewish, Christian, atheist and other – had quite justifiably decided on ‘no confidence’ in Keir Starmer long ago though!)

  3. Martyn October 19, 2023 at 1:02 am - Reply

    No decent person should support, canvas for, pay into, or vote for the arch liar, fraud, deceiver, charlatan, bought and paid for Starmer and his fake Labour, Judas party. They are a total disgrace and are betraying us all!

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