Thousands of pro-Palestinians marched through the streets of London on Saturday, to protest the centenary celebration of the Balfour Declaration that helped Jews to establish a national state in Palestine.
Protesters held signs reading āFree Palestineā and “Justice for Palestine,ā while they chanted āFree, Free Palestineā and āOccupation No More.ā
The protest came with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting the UK to celebrate the 100th anniversary of then-foreign UK secretary Arthur Balfourās promise of Londonās support in the establishment of a Jewish homeland, at the expense of the Palestinians in Palestine.
According to Days of Palestine, several people in the crowd called for liberating the historic Palestinians as they chanted: āFrom the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.ā
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK was āproudā of its role in the creation of the Israeli occupation state, which has been inflicting oppression and suffering on Palestinians since before its creation.
May said it was a āgreat pleasureā to host Netanyahu at 10 Downing Street, to commemorate the Balfour Declaration.
āThe United Kingdom is proud of the role that we played in the establishment of the State of Israel and we are approaching this commemoration with respect and honour,ā she said.
Britainās opposition leader,Ā Jeremy Corbyn, saidĀ the government should mark the Balfour Centenary by unilaterally recognising Palestine.
Addressing the protesters, Corbyn said: āLetās mark the Belfour Declaration by recognizing Palestineā¦ We must increase the international pressure for the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, illegal settlement expansion and of course the blockade of Gaza.ā
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