On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, met a group of Palestinian non-violent resistance activists near the Israeli wall that surrounds the city of Ramallah.According to Palestinian News Network, attending the meeting were Ahmad al-Azeh, from the Holy Land Trust NGO; Mohamed Zawahrah, a leader of nonviolent actions against the wall in al-Ma’sara, near Bethlehem; and Hindi Musleh, an activist from the village of Ni’lin, where weekly non-violent actions are organized against the Israeli wall.
During the meeting, Hague appreciated the importance of non-violent actions, emphasizing the right of the Palestinians to resist for their rights as well as to build an equal Palestinian society, reported PNN.
Also, during Hague’s visit, the British Foreign Secretary will meet with activists in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem. Sheikh Jarrah is the site of numerous evictions of Palestinian families by the Israeli run Jerusalem Municipality, and is also the site of weekly non-violent protest, such as those in al-Ma’sara, Ni’lin, and other sites in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Hague’s visit to the region to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders has caused some controversy in Israel, due to the fact that British law has arrest warrants against some Israeli leaders because of war crimes against Palestinians.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yighal Palmer, told Agence France-Presse that Israel will not continue with strategic talks with Britain until London reviews these laws.