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 â€śFree Palestineâ€ť and “Justice for Palestine,â€ť while they chanted â€śFree, Free Palestineâ€ť and â€śOccupation No More.â€ť
The protest came with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting the UK to celebrate the 100th anniversary of then-foreign UK secretary Arthur Balfourâ€™s promise of Londonâ€™s 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: â€śFrom the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.â€ť
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK was â€śproudâ€ť 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 â€śgreat pleasureâ€ť to host Netanyahu at 10 Downing Street, to commemorate the Balfour Declaration.
â€śThe 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,â€ť she said.
Britainâ€™s opposition leader,Â Jeremy Corbyn, saidÂ the government should mark the Balfour Centenary by unilaterally recognising Palestine.
Addressing the protesters, Corbyn said: â€śLetâ€™s mark the Belfour Declaration by recognizing Palestineâ€¦ 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.â€ť
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