Sir Bob Russell, who tabled a motion in parliament last January that called for the state of Palestine to be recognised by the UK, welcomed Palestine's accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 1, 2015, saying it was the first step on the road to the end of the oppression of the Palestinians.
"The fact that they are subject to Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and — wickedly — a breach in international law and the Geneva Convention and United Nations resolutions by the government of Israel," he told Sputnik in an exclusive interview.
"Israel cannot go on behaving in the way it has in the last 20 to 30 years. The current leader of Israel [Benjamin Netanyahu] is a war criminal. Any way you look at it, he is a war criminal."
He said the Palestinians were the most oppressed people in the world, since their country was "given away" with the approval of the UK.
UK Parliament Ignored at United Nations
In January, Sir Bob Russell tabled a motion in the UK Parliament in which MPs voted 274 to 12 to approve the statement: "That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution."
"The Palestinians, as a country and as a people, have been oppressed since 1948, with the acquiescence of the United States, Great Britain and many other countries," said Sir Bob.
On Wednesday, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Maliki arrived at the ICC headquarters building in The Hague, Netherlands to seal the accession under the Rome Statute.