The former Labour leader appeared at a protest in central London this afternoon, in support of the people of Palestine amid the ongoing conflict with Israel. Mr Corbyn stood up to address the crowd, having been introduced as “the real leader of the opposition”. Crowds chanted “oh, Jeremy Corbyn” as he took to the stage, with several supporters throwing roses at his feet.
The former Labour leader, who stepped down after his failed 2019 election bid, told the crowds that international action provides “succour, comfort and support” to those suffering in the conflict.
He said: “Think what it’s like being a mother or father and seeing a building bombed in front of you, knowing your family is in there, and you can do nothing.
“It’s our global voices that will give succour, comfort and support in those settlements alongside Gaza and all over the West Bank, East Jerusalem who are suffering at this time.
“End the occupation now. End all the settlements now and withdraw then. End the siege of Gaza now.”
Mr Corbyn was heaped with praise for speaking at the Solidarity with Palestine march, with many questioning why current Labour leader Sir Keir did not attend.
One person wrote on Twitter: ‘The Real Leader of the Opposition’ Jeremy Corbyn. On the right side of history, again.
“Starmer, and his Labour, have lost it all today, I feel. People power is where we’re at now.”
Another person said: “He was introduced as “the real opposition leader”, @jeremycorbyn is speaking to the crowd.
At midday on Saturday, demonstrators arrived at Hyde Park near Marble Arch to march to the Israeli embassy, holding banners and chanting.
Thousands of people marched through the park chanting “free, free Palestine”, and holding banners calling for an end to the bombing of the territory by Israeli forces.
Huge crowds of protesters then arrived outside the gates of the Israeli embassy in Kensington.
A temporary stage was set up on Kensington High Street and organisers urged people to keep moving down the road as numbers continued to swell and dozens of police officers lined nearby streets.
The Metropolitan Police said: “Officers are engaging with a group of people who have gathered for a demonstration in central London this afternoon.
“A policing plan is in place to ensure everybody is kept safe and to reduce the spread of Covid-19.”