Scores of Brits protest as Peres tours in England 1Apr11 April 2, 2011

The Palestine Information Centre -  1 April 2011

Scores of Brits gathered outside Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London to protest the institute’s reception of Israeli President Shimon Peres to mark 60 years of Israeli-British diplomatic ties.

Protesters shouted pro-Palestinian calls and condemned Israeli policies concerning Palestinians and called Peres a war criminal. They also demanded that Peres be arrested.

Zahir Beirawi, the spokesman of the Palestinian forum in Britain, one of the organizations behind the demonstrations, said the protests came to object that a war criminal would be allowed into the capital of England and to condemn Chatham House’s invitation to have him give a lecture on the relations between Israel and the UK.

Beirawi added that the semi-official position of Chatham House encourages Israel to proceed in its crimes against the Palestinians.

”The time has come for this government to be honest with itself and its people and to stop giving Israel a cover for its crimes,” he said.

Peres began his visit to England Tuesday and arrived from Switzerland where he received condemnation by several rights groups who demanded he be arrested for war crimes committed during the 2008-2009 war on Gaza.

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