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Palestinian activist arrested at London arms expo

Activists protest outside the London arms expo on 4 September 2017 [Sven Rosenstein‏/Twitter]

British police arrested a pro-Palestinian human rights activist on Friday during protests against one of the largest arms expos being held in the London ExCeL centre.

The venue has been the chosen location for Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI), which advertises itself as “the world leading” arms industry fair. It opened for business last week despite wide scale condemnation from politicians and campaigners alike.

Police arrested British Palestinian, Huda Ammori, close to the site for “wilful obstruction of the highway”. Ammori, who can be seen handcuffed by the police told MEMO that “at the time of [my] arrest I was stood on the pavement, after crossing the road and asking a truck driver approaching the arms fair to stop. The driver stopped his truck and was prepared to speak to me about the contents of his truck. It was at that moment that the police handcuffed and arrested me.”

She also said that “following [my] release from the holding cell I was charged with ‘wilful obstruction of the highway’ and given bail conditions by the police. These conditions forbid me from returning to the area of the protest until the arms fair had finished. I requested a few hours to collect my belongings from the protest. The police refused my request despite having given every other arrestee I had spoken to the same opportunity I was denied.”

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Ammori, who can be heard in the video accusing the Israelis of ongoing persecution of Palestinians and then selling arms used to kill and maim civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank as “battled tested weapons”, added that “these arrests, whether lawful or unlawful, were carried out in order to diminish the protest. It was a clear attempt at squashing any dissent”.

Ammori told MEMO that she has appealed against the charge and her hearing at the Thames Magistrates’ Court will take place on October.

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  • Fasdunkle

    Huda Ammori is not a credible person. In a recent article she invented a quote and attributed it to Chaim Weizmann

    • Helen4Yemen

      1914 Chaim Weizmann:

      “In its initial stage Zionism was conceived by its pioneers as a
      movement wholly depending on mechanical factors: there is a
      country which happens to be called Palestine, a country
      without a people, and, on the other hand, there exists the
      Jewish people, and it has no country. What else is necessary,
      then, than to fit the gem into the ring, to unite this people
      with this country? The owners of the country [the Ottoman
      Turks] must, therefore, be persuaded and convinced that this
      marriage is advantageous, not only for the [Jewish] people
      and for the country, but also for themselves”

      Palestine population in 1914 when the Weizmann
      said it was without a people:

      Year — Non-Jews — Jews — % Non-Jew/Jew
      1914 — 675,000 — 85,000 — 87/13

      Note: All the 85,000 Jews in 1914 were Europeans.
      There are no more native Palestinian Jews anywhere in the world today.

      • A.S.F.

        Time to break out the ” Jewish DNA” statistics, eh, Helen? Just like Hitler and his crew used to?

        • Helen4Yemen

          Are you not ashamed of one your own – Chaim Weizmann – who was telling the world in 1914 that Palestine was a land without a people trying to hide the fact that there were 675,000 indigenous Palestinian Muslims and Christians and 85,000 Europe’s Yiddish speaking unwanted migrants to Palestine. Tell me if any of what I have just state is not 100% true?

  • A.S.F.

    “Pro-Palestinian activists” couldn’t tell the truth to save their lives. But as long as their lying is in service to killing “Zionists”, they don’t particularly care.

    • Helen4Yemen


      For over a thousand years, there were no Jews living in
      Palestine. In 1882 when European Jewry arrived in
      Palestine as Zionist colonial settlers, they found:

      • 400,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Muslims (78%)

      • 40,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian
      Christians (6%)

      •15,000 YIDDISH-SPEAKING European Jews (3%). All
      the 15,000 Jews were Yiddish-speaking migrants from
      Eastern Europe who had arrived in the 1830’s and
      1840’s to live on Halukka (charity) sent them to from
      abroad. Make no mistake about it that these indigent
      Jews of Eastern Europe were sent to plant the seed
      for Jewish presence on that land before the stampede
      to colonize the land would begin by European Jewry.

      • A.S.F.

        Keep spewing, “Helen.” You are proof positive of what you and, ahem, the “Anti-Zionist/Pro-Palestinian” movement represents. You certainly don’t represent anything that would be in the best interests of peace, tolerance or the actual welfare of the Palestinians, let alone humanity in general.

        • Helen4Yemen

          Why is your goddamned European ^ss not making peace with your own kind, other Europeans? Please tell me what your claim to Palestine is based one … I am all ears.

        • Helen4Yemen

          Your European ^ss seems not to recognize the fact that I am indigenous – therefore, the Palestinians are my brothers and sisters. Do you get that, snow white?

          I posted this yesterday at another blog … read them if you want to get to know me. I am Middle Eastern!
          Hello my brothers and sisters:
          ♦ Who removed the Crusaders from Arab lands?
          ♦ Who removed the British from Arab lands?
          ♦ Who removed the French from Arab lands?
          ♦ Who removed the Italians from Arab lands?
          ♦ Please tell me how the Ashkenazi is different
          from the British, the French, the Italians?
          ♦ He is exactly as European and as predatory as
          the rest of the European predators who colonized
          Arab lands.
          ♦ How long are you going to let this European to leech off Arab resources?
          ♦ How long are you going to let this European to start wars as he did with Iraq and rain havoc on the region?
          ♦ How long are you going to let this European to cause sectarian
          conflict and have you fight each other instead of turning your combined force on the enemy?
          ♦ How long, brothers and sisters?
          ♦ Brothers and sisters: I go to bed and wake up everyday
          with this deadly enemy in our region in mind. And unless
          and until this enemy is shown the way home and sent on
          a one-way ticket to his native lands, never expect a day
          of peace even if the enemy continues to squat 100
          more years. Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

        • Helen4Yemen

          I see that you did not dispute the basic facts, did you?

          When the white man arrived in 1882 to colonize Palestine, he found the following:

          • 400,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Muslims (78%)

          • 40,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian
          Christians (6%)

          •15,000 YIDDISH-SPEAKING European Jews (3%).

          Therefore, there were no Jews at all on that land for over 1000 years until the Zionists schemed to send European’s indigenous Jewry to Palestine to live off welfare they call “halukkka” as a way to start planting Jewish presence on the land ahead of the Zionist stampede that was to follow.

  • Sigh…I think both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian activists should be allowed to freely speak their thoughts and opinions, provides that both sides remain peaceful and civil.

  • outer_rl

    The military industrial complex should be attested and charged with wrecking the world and gutting its inhabitants for profit.