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Palestine mourns a dear friend, Jo Cox, British Labour MP murdered last Thursday in West Yorkshire

By Editor - June 19, 2016
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [refugees] [child arrests] [Gaza Blockade]

Jo Cox, 41 year old Labour MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire was murdered in her constituency on Thursday. She was shot and stabbed multiple times in broad daylight on the steps of her constituency surgery.

Shortly after the attack, the suspect, 52 year old Thomas Mair was arrested and weapons were recovered, police said at a press conference.

According to The guardian, at least two witness said that the killer screamed “Britain first” as he stabbed and shot Cox.

Before standing for parliament, Cox had been the Oxfam aid agency's Policy Chief in Brussels. She was elected in May 2015, for the Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire, Northern England, and was going on a promising political career.

Jo Cox was deeply involved in the Palestinian cause and was an active member of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East group. Last February, she challenged the Conservative Government on the proposed ban of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement in the UK, and defended the right to boycott companies involved in Israeli settlements: “I believe that this is a gross attack on democratic freedoms. It is our right to boycott unethical companies”. She also launched a survey on the Israel boycott ban.

She was well known for her advocacy work on the rights of Palestinian children, in particular denouncing the way in which children are arrested, detained and treated by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, founder of PMRS knew Jo Cox from the ranks of the Parliamentary Solidarity with Palestinian People : "We lost in Jo Cox a very important leader of the Labour Party in Britain, a wonderful person who was committed to the people, committed to supporting social justice and who was a very close friend to the Palestinian people and a great supporter of our Palestinian cause. We sympathize with her family, we express our solidarity and deepest condolences to her family, and we think her assassination is an example of how far racist behavior can go and how far people who believe in racism can go in terms of killing honest people."

Her assassination is an example of how far racist behavior can go and how far people who believe in racism can go in terms of killing honest people

The PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi add that Palestine Mourns “the death of 'Palestine’s dear friend and peace and justice activist.” She added that “MP Cox, a devoted humanitarian and member of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, was a passionate, courageous leader and human rights defender who tirelessly advocated for various causes, including the plight of Syrian refugees, Palestinian child prisoners and an end to the illegal blockade on Gaza.”

Jo Cox was also a prominent advocate for refugees globally. She supported the recent campaign for giving shelter to refugees in the UK, especially for refugees fleeing the war in Syria. During a debate in April 2016 Cox called for greater support for child migrants and refugees, saying “I know I personally would risk life and limb to get my two ­precious babies out of that hell-hole.”

The MP’s husband, family and friends have set up a fundraising page in memory of Jo Cox on Friday to raise money for the charities that she was personally committed to. In less than a day the page has reached more than £500,000 - proof of the affection that many hold for Cox.

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