Friday, November 6, 2009

Students try "citizen's arrest" against Israeli ambassador at Nottingham University

"British students attempt 'citizen's arrest' of Israeli ambassador"

author Thursday November 05, 2009 00:17author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News Report this post to the editors

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Students at Nottingham University in England issued a citizen’s arrest for the Israeli ambassador who was on campus to give a lecture.

The students held a protest and disrupted the talk by Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor.

Nottingham University was one of a number of British schools which faced student occupations of Administration buildings in January, when Israeli troops staged a massive invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The students held signs saying, “Books not Bombs” to challenge Israel’s ongoing blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The blockade prevents all imports into Gaza, including books, school supplies and medical supplies.

The one point four million people in Gaza are also subject to the blockade, prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli control of all borders.

Students called the Gaza Strip the ‘largest open-air prison on earth’, due to this ongoing blockade.

They were unsuccessful in their attempted arrest of the Israeli ambassador, but British lawyers have filed a claim under the ‘universal jurisdiction’ law that would require British police to arrest Israeli officials accused of war crimes.

That claim has yet to be approved by a British judge.

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