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Bibi in UK to Celebrate Balfour100: Protests Expected

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"Israeli" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the UK to attend the government of Prime Minister Theresa May's so-called "proud" celebrations for the 100-year anniversary of a British document that paved the way for the apartheid entity's creation



May was to welcome her "Israeli" counterpart at 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday, a day before the centenary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, a short 67-word document named after then British Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour.

The British government plans to commemorate the event with a banquet in the gilded halls of London's Lancaster House mansion, which will also be attended by members of the Balfour family.

Ahead of the trip, and after May turned down numerous requests to call off the celebrations, Palestinian officials and peace activists said they had scheduled a series of protests outside UK embassies around the world to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinians living under decades-long "Israeli" occupation.

Netanyahu, however, said before heading to the UK, that Palestinians had to forget the past.

This is not the first time that Netanyahu's trip to the UK prompts outcry. In 2015, an online petition against his trip to London was signed by more than 114,000 people.

The petition called for the "Israeli" premier "to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in London."

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson says his country is proud of the role it played in the creation of the Zionist entity as the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration draws near.Britain's insistence on celebrating the document has drawn criticism from Palestine, which has repeatedly called on the UK government to apologize for its role in the establishment of the apartheid entity.

Palestinian officials said last week that they were planning to take legal action against the UK for triggering a chain reaction that led to the displacement of millions of Palestinians.

Netanyahu was slated to hold separate meetings with May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations-the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany.

"I intend to raise concrete suggestions on how to deal with the failed aspects of the Iran nuclear agreement," he said before boarding the plane on Wednesday.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team