British lawmakers call for economic sanctions, boycotts on Israel


(JTA) — British lawmakers called for economic sanctions and boycotts on Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

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

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

Labor 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.

Recommended from JTA