I and the Labour Party utterly condemn Hamas’s appalling and ongoing attacks on Israel.  I stand in solidarity with Israel in this dark hour. There can never be a justification for terrorism.  I am deeply saddened by the news that 17 British citizens are dead or missing following the attacks.

I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself, rescue hostages and protect its civilians. The hostages must be released immediately.

Having said that, all leaders must act in line with international law.

That means there must be humanitarian access to Gaza, and continued supplies of food, water, electricity and medicines.

But we must remember the responsibility for this crisis lies with Hamas.

Both Israelis and Palestinians are suffering terribly because of Hamas’s actions which have set back the cause of peace. We must not conflate Hamas with the Palestinian people.  It’s heart-breaking to see so many civilians affected. No one wants civilians to suffer.

The Labour Frontbench has pressed the government to set out a clear plan to ensure the safe return of British nationals in Israel who want to return. I welcome that rescue flights are starting to be chartered and we will work with the government on this.

In this dark hour, we stand with Israel, and with Britain’s Jewish communities. There must be zero tolerance to any intimidation and harassment directed towards Jewish communities in Britain.

Alan Campbell MP

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