Sir Keir Starmer Faces Criticism Within Labour Over Israel Comments

Sir Keir Starmer Faces Criticism Within Labour

Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, is currently under intense scrutiny and criticism from within his own party regarding his stance on Israel.

This criticism is primarily stemming from his support for Israel in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

Sir Keir’s Support for Israel

Starmer’s remarks, in which he asserted that Israel has the right to withhold power and water from Palestinian civilians, have deeply angered the pro-Palestinian faction within the Labour Party.

He did, however, emphasize that all actions should be conducted within the bounds of international law.

The Backlash and Seat-by-Seat Analysis

The backlash against Sir Keir has been significant, leading some Labour insiders to claim that he has ordered a comprehensive analysis, seat by seat, to assess how his position on Israel might affect the party’s chances in the upcoming elections.

Prominent Figures Expressing Criticism

Prominent figures within the Labour Party have expressed their discontent with Sir Keir’s stance.

Fatima Said, a National Executive Member of the Labour Muslim Network, who previously served as parliamentary staff for Jeremy Corbyn during his leadership, accused Sir Keir of ‘enabling a war crime.’

She made these remarks in response to an incident involving a Gaza hospital.

Retweets and Comments

Said shared content on her social media account suggesting that Israel was responsible for the Gaza hospital blast and that politicians supporting Israel were complicit in war crimes.

Some other Labour MPs, such as Richard Burgon, Zarah Sultana, Apsana Begum, Sam Tarry, Beth Winter, and John McDonnell, also made statements or shared information related to the Israel-Palestine conflict without subsequent corrections or deletions.

Labour’s Response

While sources close to Sir Keir Starmer have denied knowledge of a seat-by-seat survey of Muslim votes, the situation highlights the ongoing tensions within the Labour Party concerning its members’ positions on the Israel-Palestine conflict.


The controversy surrounding Sir Keir Starmer’s stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict reveals the divisions within the Labour Party and raises questions about how party leaders navigate their positions on international issues that are deeply divisive within the party.

The comments and reactions from prominent Labour figures underscore the complex dynamics at play within the party’s pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel factions.