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 âFree Palestineâ and “Justice for Palestine,â while they chanted âFree, Free Palestineâ and âOccupation No More.â
The protest came with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting the UK to celebrate the 100th anniversary of then-foreign UK secretary Arthur Balfourâs promise of Londonâs 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: âFrom the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.â
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK was âproudâ 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 âgreat pleasureâ to host Netanyahu at 10 Downing Street, to commemorate the Balfour Declaration.
âThe 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 she said.
Britainâs opposition leader,Â Jeremy Corbyn, saidÂ the government should mark the Balfour Centenary by unilaterally recognising Palestine.
Addressing the protesters, Corbyn said: âLetâs mark the Belfour Declaration by recognizing PalestineâŠ 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
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)