Traffic was stopped for a short time on Saturday in the heart of London’s traffic district due to a pro-Palestinian protest there.
According to British newspaper The Guardian, some 150 people formed a human barrier at Oxford Circus at 3 p.m. on Saturday and prevented buses and shoppers from using the road.
About 10 buses were diverted from their course by the protesters, the paper said.
The demonstration was organized by a group calling itself the London Palestine Action. Layla White, one of the members of the group, said the UK government should stop selling weapons to Israel.
“By selling Israel weapons, the UK government is providing material and political support to Israel’s violent oppression of Palestinians,” she told the Guardian.
“Human rights organizations are warning that Israel is using live ammunition against Palestinian protesters, carrying out summary executions and allowing illegal settlers to attack Palestinians,” she claimed.
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White told another British paper, the Daily Mail, that the group had “taken disruptive direct action today to draw attention to the Palestinian popular resistance, which is defying curfews and reclaiming the streets of Palestine against military occupation every day.”
Over the past month, seven Israelis were killed in attacks by Palestinians, most of them in stabbing incidents, while 35 Palestinians were killed by Israeli weapons. More than a dozen of them were terrorists shot during stabbing attacks. Others were killed in clashes with security forces or were Gazan Palestinians who breached the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and were shot.