London, 8 March 2017
PRC took part in a session held by the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom, SNP Friends of Palestine, Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine, and Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights charity to discuss the fallouts of Israel’s illegal settlement activity across the occupied Palestinian territories.
Speaking at the meeting, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, Manuel Hassassian, slammed the pro-Israel position adopted by the British Government and its apathy vis-à-vis Israel’s illegal settlement expansion.
Harking back to her stopover in the occupied West Bank, Margaret Ferrier MP (Scottish National Party) said Israel’s settlement activity is blocking the establishment of a Palestinian state by imposing a new fait accompli on the ground.
Ferrier MP further drew attention to the abject conditions endured by the Palestinians in refugee camps scattered across the blockaded Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank due to the separation fences built around Palestinian land and the quasi-permanent closure of border crossings.
Former Labor MP Martin Linton leveled heavy criticism at the British Government, saying its current position as regards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict undermines Palestinians’ right to self-determination.
Lawyer Tareq Shrourou underscored the illegitimate nature of the Israeli settlement outposts, dubbing them another chain in Israel’s incessant violations of international law.
The meeting falls in with the launch of the Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) staged by PRC so as to urge the British government to apologize for signing the pledge and to backtrack on its attempts to mark the Balfour Declaration centenary.