Hundreds of people demonstrate outside Downing Street, London, England. Photo/pfb
LONDON – Hundreds of people gathered outside Downing Street, London, on Friday (24/3/2023), when Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu met British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
The protest was called for by the Palestine Forum in Britain (PFB), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Stop the War Coalition, Friends of Al-Aqsa, British Muslim Association (MAB).
Since the start of the year, 90 Palestinians including 17 children and a woman have been killed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
This year has been one of the bloodiest for Palestinians in decades.
State-sponsored terrorism, such as the recent pogrom in the Palestinian village of Huwara, symbolizes a reality in which the security of Palestinian civilians is increasingly under threat.
With Netanyahu leading this development, the PFB said, “Shocked that he was welcomed with open arms to the UK. Netanyahu not only has a long history of human rights violations against Palestinians, including the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank, the bombing of Gaza, and the building of the Separation Wall, but has also been singled out for criticism by Israelis themselves.”
There have been calls for the UK to cancel Netanyahu’s visit citing his move towards growing anti-Palestinian authoritarianism and racism.
“Amid these developments, the UK, instead of welcoming Netanyahu with open arms, should issue an arrest warrant for him for the war crimes he has committed against the Palestinian people,” stressed Zaher Birawi, chairman of the PFB.
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