Major security preparations are underway ahead of the Israeli Prime Ministers visit to the UK, amid fears of protests over his actions in Gaza and the treatment of Palestinians.
A demonstration organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at Downing Street, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
RT reports: A statement on the PSC website says: “Netanyahu bears direct responsibility for the war crimes identified by the UN Human Rights Council following Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza last summer.
More than 2,000 Palestinian men, women and children were killed by Israeli forces during that 50-day massacre, and much of Gaza was destroyed.
“And yet the British Prime Minister will shake Netanyahu’s hand next Wednesday and doubtless discuss, among other things, more arms deals between the UK and Israel,” it adds.
In response to the petition, the British Government issued an official statement saying that the Israeli Prime Minister was immune from arrest:
“Under UK and international law, certain holders of high-ranking office in a state, including heads of state, heads of government and ministers for foreign affairs are entitled to immunity, which includes inviolability and complete immunity from criminal jurisdiction.”