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article imageProtesting students force UK diplomat to flee Birzeit university

By Paul Iddon     Mar 5, 2013 in Politics
Consul-General Sir Vincent Fean had to leave the West Bank's Birzeit University where he was to give a talk about the policy of the United Kingdom when angry protests broke out.
The senior diplomat had planned to meet with the president of the university Dr Khalil al-Hindi in order to discuss his country's foreign policy in the Middle East when he was forced to leave instantly upon the outbreak of angry student protests. Upon learning of his arrival students staged a protest whereby they yelled anti-British slogans and loudly shouted at Fean telling him to, "Get out of Birzeit" and proceeded to attack his car as he left the campus in a very abrupt fashion.
Protesters also reportedly came holding banners which read, "I am a refugee because of Lord Balfour," in reference to the 1917 Balfour Declaration that was the bedrock of the declaration of the Jewish state in Palestine. (Jerusalem Post, March 5 2013)
Fean nor any of his party were injured. In a statement made on his behalf he "had hoped to underline Britain's deep commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state, and the urgency of progress on the peace process in 2013. Sadly, such a dialogue was not possible on this occasion." (BBC News, March 5 2013)
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