LONDON (JTA) — A group of Christians from the former Republic of Biafra rallied for peace in London.
The group, which demonstrated Wednesday near the Israeli Embassy, said a conflict similar to that in Gaza made them stateless. It called for peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Representatives of the group also took part in the pro-Israel rally in central London on Jan. 11.
Members of the evangelical Christian group carried signs calling on people to “Remember Biafra,” referring to the East African republic that was defeated in the Nigerian civil war fought for three years, ending in 1970.
Some of their signs explained the connection they see between the Middle East conflict and the tragedy of the African civil war in which many thousands died.
One sign read, “The right of any nation to exist should be the fundamental duty of every other nation/country of the world. When a nation fails to defend its right to exist that nation is bound to die. This is why Biafra is stateless today.”
The Biafran group refers to their campaign as the “Try Peace Campaign,” saying that the people of Israel and Gaza want peace, and that the world should help them achieve it.