The organisation issued a statement on its website ‘saluting’ Mr Corbyn following his message to a pro-Palestinian rally in London last Saturday. The Hamas statement read: “We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to the participants in the mass rally that took place in central London. “In his message, Mr Jeremy Corbyn condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ shooting at unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza who were calling for their rights to be recognized.
“He stressed that peace cannot be achieved with the continued illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories.
‘This message expresses support and solidarity with the Palestinian people and their inalienable rights to freedom, independence and self-determination.
“It also condemns the ongoing occupation and its crimes against our people, and reflects an advanced moral and political position worthy of all praise and thanks.”
The statement went on to praise the opposition leader for rejecting Trump’s controversial plan for the Middle East – labelled the ‘Deal of the Century’ – and called on the British Government to halt its support for Israel.
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Mr Corbyn wrote to protestors commemorating the 71st anniversary of Nakba day – when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes in the 1948 Palestine war.
The Labour leader said: “We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people.
“The Labour Party is united in condemning the ongoing human rights abuses by Israeli forces, including the shooting of hundreds of unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza – most of them refugees or families of refugees – demanding their rights.
“We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for their rights, supported by Israeli peace and justice campaigners like B’tselem and Gush Shalom.”