Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British opposition Labour Party, said on Wednesday that he will recognize “the state of Palestine” should the party win the next general election. “In order to help make the two-state settlement a reality we will recognize a Palestinian state as soon as we take office,” Corbyn told the delegates at the Labour Party’s annual conference.

The pledged was greeted by a standing ovation and delegates waving Palestinian flags, British newspapers reported.

Corbyn, who once called the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah “friends,” criticized President Donald Trump for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and cutting the funding for the United Nations’ Palestinian agency UNRWA — an organization mired in financial scams and accused of indoctrinating Arab children in Jihad terrorism and antisemitism.

In the 2017 general election, Corbyn’s Labour narrowly lost to the ruling Conservatives, gaining further seats in parliament after securing 40 percent of the vote. Labour is calling for an earlier election if the British parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal reached with the European Union.

The UK newspaper Metro covered Labour leader’s statement at four-day conference in the city of Liverpool:

Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation as he pledged one of his first actions as prime minister would be to recognise a Palestinian state.

‘In order to help make the two-state settlement a reality we will recognise a Palestinian state as soon as we take office,’ he said.

People waved Palestinian flags from the audience as he made the announcement at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool this afternoon.

The Labour leader’s speech comes at time when his party faces increased public scrutiny over antisemitism within its ranks. Antisemitic hostilities now run so high in the party that Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger needed a police escort to attend the Liverpool conference. “A Jewish Labour MP has been given protection from two police officers while attending the Labour party conference as the party’s row over antisemitism continues,” the newspaper Metro reported.

Mainstream media showered Corbyn with praise for his hour-long tirade at the conference.

Corbyn “vows to fight Capitalist ‘Greed,'” claimed the New York Times in its headline. British newspaper The Guardian lauded the Labour leader’s speech for “catching the zeitgeist.” The London-based business daily Financial Times praised his speech for offering a “coherent analysis of the challenges facing the nation.” The Labour leader “succeeded in making his radicalism appear like the new normal,” the newspaper added.

Corbyn’s long-standing association with the Palestinian terrorist groups came once again under scrutiny in August after the Daily Mail published photos showing him laying wreath at the graves of Arab terrorists behind the massacre at the 1972 Olympics. The 2014 images show Corbyn holding a wreath commemorating Palestine “martyrs” as he stood “feet from Black September members who killed 11 Israelis,” Daily Mail reported.

A few days later, the Labour leader was pictured doing an Islamist four fingered salute at the notorious Finsbury Park Mosque, a place once dubbed as “Al Qaeda guesthouse” by the media for its ties to Islamic terrorists. Later, Corbyn’s spokesman claimed that he was “standing up for democracy” in Egypt by using the gesture popularized by the Muslim Brotherhood, London-based Evening Express reported.

Once an obscure Labour backbencher, Corbyn was capitulated to the helm of the party by a grassroots campaign in 2015, riding on the support of left-wing activists. He has championed various radical left causes during his political career spanning over four decades.

Corbyn wrote a regular column in Morning Star, a newspaper closely linked to the Communist Party of Britain. The Labour leader’s key adviser Andrew Murray, was until recently a Communist party member. At the height of the Cold War, Corbyn was an active member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), a KBG-funded communist front-group. He still serves as the vice-president of the organization.

The Labour leader’s new-found zeal for the Palestinians may be closely linked to the changing demographics of the country. Bashing the Jewish state and championing the “Palestinian cause” can be an effective dog whistle to radicalized Muslims voters. “Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working class,” Economist magazine concluded in June, adding that “Labour’s best chance of holding onto the Midlands lies in mobilising the Muslim vote, rather than in appealing to Jaguar LandRover workers.”

Corbyn: ‘We will recognize a Palestinian state when we take office’

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