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UK: Israeli and Palestinian demonstrations separated by Police in London02:38

UK: Israeli and Palestinian demonstrations separated by Police in London

United Kingdom, London
July 3, 2016 at 00:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police separated Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian demonstrations - a protest and counter-protest for Al Quds day, respectively - in London on Sunday.

Around 500 Palestinian supporters marched through London for Quds day, finishing in a rally at the American embassy. They were met by Israeli counter demonstrators along the way and a counter demo of around 150 Israeli supporters near the embassy, where police divide the two groups.

A participant in the demonstration expressed the importance of Al-Quds day for Palestinians: "Raising the issue of Jerusalem, the issue of Jerusalem under attack, under an unprecedented attack by the Israeli authorities, is an urgency for Palestinians."

Al-Quds day, which falls on the last day of the month of Ramadan, was introduced in 1979 by late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a day of protest against Zionism and Israel's control of Jerusalem. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the Palestinians and highlight the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims.

UK: Israeli and Palestinian demonstrations separated by Police in London02:38
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Police separated Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian demonstrations - a protest and counter-protest for Al Quds day, respectively - in London on Sunday.

Around 500 Palestinian supporters marched through London for Quds day, finishing in a rally at the American embassy. They were met by Israeli counter demonstrators along the way and a counter demo of around 150 Israeli supporters near the embassy, where police divide the two groups.

A participant in the demonstration expressed the importance of Al-Quds day for Palestinians: "Raising the issue of Jerusalem, the issue of Jerusalem under attack, under an unprecedented attack by the Israeli authorities, is an urgency for Palestinians."

Al-Quds day, which falls on the last day of the month of Ramadan, was introduced in 1979 by late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a day of protest against Zionism and Israel's control of Jerusalem. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the Palestinians and highlight the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims.

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