Anti-israel Olympic protest plan
ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS are plotting to disrupt this summer’s London Olympics by protesting at events featuring Israeli athletes.
During a foreign affairs session in Parliament on Tuesday, Bradford East MP David Ward asked Middle East Minister Alistair Burt whether he would “support me and others at peaceful demonstrations at events involving Israeli Olympians”. Mr Ward said the protests would “highlight the plight of the Palestinians and bring to public awareness the apartheid regime in Israel”.
Mr Burt said Mr Ward had raised “an issue that he knows is deeply contested by Israeli authorities as regards how they conduct their affairs”. The minister said it was important to work for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to resolve the conflict.
Other anti-israel MPS who spoke in the session later said they were unaware of Mr Ward’s plans and did not intend to join him. Labour Friends of Palestine also distanced itself.
The Olympic organisers and the Metropolitan Police have pledged a tough stance on groups or individuals attempting to disrupt events. Israel is expected to send around 50 sportsmen and women to compete in London.
Festival of Britain poster by iconic Jewish designer Abram Games, 1951, on display at the V&A exhibition British Design 1948-2012, which runs until August 12