The Labour Party candidate for Streatham spoke at an event billed as a “salute” to the Second Intifada, a period of violence which saw around 1,000 Israeli and 3,000 Palestinian lives lost.
According to advertisements, the 2010 event was “the first event in a series of events which commemorates 10 years since the eruption of the defining struggle of our generation – the Al-Aqsa / Second Intifada against the Zionist-apartheid state. It is also a salute to that struggle.” The violence, which lasted several years and took thousands of lives, included suicide bombings, gunfire, tank and air attacks.
Labour’s Bell Ribeiro-Addy took part in a panel debate in her role at the time as Campaigns Officer for the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. Reports from the event claimed, “it was clear that what was being offered by the panel was a discourse that encouraged people to take actions, to traverse the boundaries of law in the name of a greater morality.”
Alongside Ribeiro-Addy, the audience heard from Leila Khaled, known for two armed hijackings of airplanes in 1969 and 1970. She was eventually freed by the British government in exchange for kidnapped hostages. Khaled, who sent a recorded message, is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is designated as a terrorist group by the European Union and whose armed wing claimed responsibility for several attacks on civilians during the Second Intifada.
The Red Roar has previously revealed that Ribeiro-Addy, who works in Westminster for Diane Abbott, took part in the Viva Palestina convoys to Gaza in 2009, the charity fronted by George Galloway, which the Charity Commission this year found may have delivered no aid to Palestinians despite raising £1 million in donations.