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Community Bodies Protest Celebration of “Exclusive Israeli Sovereignty” over Jerusalem

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7PM TUESDAY MAY 11

HENDON UNITED SYNAGOGUE

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- RIGHT WING ISRAELI MINISTER IN LONDON MEETING

- JEWISH, MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN GROUPS OUTRAGED

- DEMONSTRATORS PLAN PROTEST AT HENDON SYNAGOGUE

Members of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other organisations concerned about the status of Jerusalem are to protest on Tuesday outside the Hendon United Synagogue where hard-line Israeli government minister Benny Begin is due to address a celebration of Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem.

According to Begin, "Jerusalem must remain under the exclusive sovereignty of the State of Israel… We must be constantly on the alert against ideas of internationalisation."

Twenty three community organisations including Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-UK, the Amos Trust, Friends of al-Aqsa and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, have condemned the planned meeting for glorifying the attitudes underpinning the building of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem.

“Disgracefully, this deeply divisive, political event is organised in the form of a religious service,” said Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, secretary of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG), one of the protest organisers.

“Our anger is directed not against Jews or Judaism, but against the presence of an Israeli government representative who glorifies Israel's illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and revels in the ethnic cleansing of the city.”

Dan Judelson of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) said: “The organisers of this event prefer dogma to rational discussion. They condemn the people of Jerusalem to ever greater unrest, instability and conflict. Justice would involve something Benny Begin and his supporters refuse to consider, let alone celebrate: the right of Palestinians to a free and viable state of their own with East Jerusalem - the core of Palestinian economic, cultural and political life for generations - as its capital."

Mike Cushman of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) said: “The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of Israel's leading universities, is built on seized and stolen land on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. We do not see dispossession, home demolition and land theft as a cause for celebration; Israel should be exhibiting contrition not jingoistic joy.”

Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine said the event gave a platform for divisive claims which fly in the face of international law.

“The world rightly demands that Palestinians and their supporters accept Israel's rights in international law,” said the group’s chairman John McHugo. “By the same token, all supporters of Israel must recognise Palestinian rights. This means repudiating Israel's claim to East Jerusalem which has no possible legal foundation. Shame on the organisers of this event!"

NOTE TO EDITORS:

The full protest statement with list of signatory organisations

Flyer advertising the celebration which is the subject of the protest

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