Anti-is­rael Olympic protest plan

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

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

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