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posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

THE family of a late Labour activist and Palestine campaigner have demanded that an award in his memory be revoked and the party apologise after it was presented to the Jewish Labour Movement.

International campaigner Del Singh was killed by a Taliban bomb in a restaurant in Kabul in Afghanistan in January 2014, aged just 39, along with 19 other people.

He had carried out peace missions with the European Union and United Nations.

His work took him to Kosovo, Libya, Sudan, Palestine, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and other conflict zones.

He was selected as a prospective Labour candidate for Southampton in elections to the European Parliament.

The Del Singh Award was established in his memory.

Among many issues on which he campaigned, Mr Singh was passionate about the cause of the Palestinian people and campaigned on their behalf, leading in 2006 to his being banned from visiting Israel.

At the Labour Party conference in Brighton this week the Del Singh Award was presented to the pro-zionist Jewish Labour Movement and Labour MP Louise Ellman, its chair.

Mr Singh’s family has reacted furiously.

In a letter penned on Monday, his sister Dishi Kaur-Umfleet responded: “Images and social media posts celebrating those who opposed what Del stood for during his life were not easy to stomach.

“Those who have tirelessly defended the human rights abuses of the Israeli occupation, which Del spoke so passionately against.

“Those that attacked the very positions that Del advocated as part of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, for example, recognition of a Palestinian state.”

She said the family had not been consulted about who received the award in her brother’s name and that there were many causes he had supported which would have been appropriate, including campaigning against homelessness and poverty.

Ms Kaur-Umfleet said the family expected the award to be revoked and called for an explanation and apology from the Labour Party.

Labour had not responded to requests for comment as the Star went to press.




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