A Palestinian protester at the Israeli embassy in London on Thursday shouted “Free Palestine!” and “Free Jerusalem!” and chanted “Death to the Jews!” at Israeli police during clashes that left at least five Palestinians dead and more than 70 injured in protests against Israel’s restrictions on the Palestinian territory’s annual Hajj pilgrimage.
In the early hours of Thursday, Palestinian protesters blocked the entrance to the Israeli Embassy and called on the Israeli government to release imprisoned Palestinians, saying they were not welcome in Israel and had “no right to be here.”
The protesters were protesting at the embassy’s compound and also held a “no-go zone” inside the compound, a decision that left many Palestinians feeling unsafe.
Israel has imposed a strict travel ban on Palestinians living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Authority, the PA’s de facto government, says it will not allow any Palestinians to enter Israel without the permission of Israel.
Israel’s embassy in the United Kingdom said it has taken steps to protect Palestinian embassies and consulates in the U.K. from the protests.
In a statement, the embassy said it would continue to work with local authorities, the Israeli and international community to support the protection of diplomatic missions in the UK, and to help the authorities secure additional consulates and consular posts in the area.
The U.S. State Department, meanwhile, urged the Israeli authorities to “ensure that there is no change in the status of Palestinian diplomatic missions and their staffs in the country.”
The State Department’s U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also called on Israel to immediately end restrictions on Palestinian diplomatic staffs.