Arrest during Israeli embassy Nakba Day protest

By Jessica Elgot, May 16, 2011
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The scene of a previous anti-Israel protest

The scene of a previous anti-Israel protest

A man was arrested during the "Nakba Day" rally outside the Israel Embassy yesterday.

Around 60 pro-Israel supporters led a counter demonstration to the rally outside the Israel Embassy on Sunday. Around 150 activists attended the "Nakba Day" demonstration which called for "solidarity with third Palestinian Intifada".

Participants chanted "khyber al-Yahud [slaughter the Jews]" and waved Hezbollah flags. A 29-year-old man Barney Laurence was arrested and charged with causing an obstruction. He will appear West London Magistrates' Court on July 19.

Pro-Israel demonstrator Sam Westrop said people had complained to the police about "glorification of terrorism" at the rally. He added: "A few members of the EDL turned up purporting to be pro-Israel, but we wouldn't have anything to do with them and the police made them stand on other side of the road."

Last updated: 4:37pm, May 16 2011