Dozens of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protested today in front of the British Embassy in Beirut to mark the 68th anniversary of the Nakba.
They demanded the UK make up for what they described as the “sin” it committed against the Palestinians by supporting the Zionist movement.
Refugees from various Palestinian camps in Lebanon, including men, women and children, participated in the protest. They carried Palestinian flags and posters calling for the restoration of their rights.
They stressed that the “British occupation of Palestine which began in 1917, is what divided the people in Palestine and encouraged the immigration of Jews from across the world.”
The protestors also gave the British embassy a letter addressed to the ambassador, Hugo Shorter, which read: “We confirm in our letter the responsibility of your country’s responsibility for the catastrophe the Palestinian people have suffered and continue to suffer from its pain and bitterness since 1948.”
“Due to the conspiracy plotted by your government at the time, and its provision of financial, legal and political support to the Zionist movement in order to attract Jews from all over the world and settle them in Palestine, as well as arming them with the most advanced British weapons, enabling them to establish an entity by force, the Palestinian people are living the way they are today.”
— Middle East Monitor (@MiddleEastMnt) May 13, 2016