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The Telegraph
The Telegraph
16 Dec 2023


Pro-Palestinian protests outside London home of Israeli ambassador who ‘opposes two-state solution’


Pro-Palestinian protesters have demonstrated outside the home of the Israeli ambassador to the UK, days after she publicly rejected a ‘two-state solution’.

A group waving flags and chanting slogans congregated outside the north London residence of Tzipi Hotovely on Saturday, one of dozens of locally-organised protests across the country.

Police had imposed an order preventing demonstrations outside Israel’s embassy in Kensington.

However, the Met said this did not extend to the ambassador’s home and that “no issues” with the demonstration had been reported.

Footage on social media showed placards reading “Stop killing kids. Free Gaza”, “stop the genocide” and one from the “International Jewish anti-Zionist network”.

Local Palestine supporters outside Southall Town Hall
Local Palestine supporters outside Southall Town Hall Credit: Jeff Gilbert

Ms Hotovely appeared to publicly clash with Rishi Sunak last week after she told Sky News that Israel did not support the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

“The answer is absolutely no,” she said. “Israel knows today, and the world should know now that the Palestinians never wanted to have a state next to Israel.”

On Saturday, hundreds gathered outside her house and chanted “decolonise” and “ceasefire now”, with passing cars honking their horns in support.

‘She is not a very nice person’

One man with a megaphone standing outside the gated mansion in St John’s Wood said: “Many of you have seen the ambassador of Israel and concluded she is not a very nice person.

“So she may not be a very nice person but what we object to is that she is calling for a genocide.” It was met with chants of “shame on you”.

The protesters were observed by police. Last week, officers used their powers under the Criminal Justice and Police Act to move protesters from Just Stop Oil away from outside Sir Keir Starmer’s home, where they had been singing Christmas carols.

Anti-war activists make their point outside the Israeli ambassador's home
Anti-war activists make their point outside the Israeli ambassador's home Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

In north London, about 100 pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered in Camden to call for a ceasefire, with some shouting “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”.

The controversial slogan is argued by Jewish groups and many politicians to amount to a call for the eradication of the state of Israel.

The Met Police was heavily criticised for failing to clamp down on anti-Semitic slogans for at the mass Palestinian marches in central London in the early weeks of the war.

The force have in recent weeks handed out leaflets at the marches, detailing examples of racist abuse, as well as making arrests.

It has also asked stewards from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to proactively self-police their events.