Protesters, police clash at London embassy


LONDON (JTA) — Protesters clashed with police during a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy in London.

Seven activists were arrested at Monday’s demonstration as they tried to break down barriers placed by police to keep them away from the embassy compound.

About 400 people took part in the demonstration, much smaller than a violent demonstration held on Sunday. However, police were more prepared as about 140 officers, some of them on horses, prevented demonstrators from getting close to the embassy. Demonstrators also blocked a main London road during the demonstration.

On Sunday police arrested 10 demonstrators. One was later released and the other nine are scheduled to appear in court next month on charges relating to disturbing public order and attacking a police officer. Monday’s arrests were on similar grounds.

The demonstrators promised to return every day until hostilities end, and on Friday are scheduled to demonstrate in front of the Egyptian embassy.

The Israeli ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, said that none of these demonstrations will stop him and the rest of the embassy staff from working tirelessly to explain Israel’s position, making clear to the media that "Hamas is a tragedy to all those who want peace in the Middle East."

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