7th annual Palestine Day to be held in London, Manchester

Published today (updated) 02/07/2011 11:33

LONDON (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Forum in Great Britain has confirmed that the seventh annual Palestine Day will be held as scheduled on July 2 in London and July 3 in Manchester, despite last week’s detention of Sheikh Raed Salah , the head of an Islamic movement in Israel.

Zahir Al-Birawi, media and public relations officer for PFB, said in a statement Friday that attempts by “the Zionist Lobby” to thwart the annual Palestine Day would fail.

Sheikh Ahmad Nofal was also banned from boarding a plane to the UK in Jordan after the British embassy in Amman contacted Jordanian authorities.

Both Sheikh Nofal and Sheikh Salah were to participate in a series of meetings and talks organized by the PFB.

“The biased media campaign against the PFB’s guests resulted in more support and raised awareness amongst the Arab and Islamic community that more efforts should be exerted to counter the Zionist Lobby and to expose the reality of the occupation,” he said.

Al-Birawi expected the number of guests to double this year thanks to the media campaign against Sheikh Salah and Sheikh Nofal. A tent has been erected near PFB’s offices to provide room for the influx of new arrivals.

Dozens of Arab and Islamic dignitaries and representatives of British solidarity organizations, parliamentarians and political activists have confirmed they will attend the annual Palestine Day.

The event is expected to show solidarity with Sheikh Salah and issue a demand for his release.

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