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In first, UK spokesperson tweets about ‘occupied Palestinian territory’

December 12, 2018 at 2:42 pm

British spokesman for the Middle East and North Africa Edwin Samuel [Edwin Samuel/Twitter]

British spokesman for the Middle East and North Africa Edwin Samuel yesterday tweeted about the suffering of Palestinians in the occupied territories, prompting controversy among Palestinians and Arabs about the UK’s role in creating Israel.

Tweeting in Arabic, Edwin wrote: “I arrived in the occupied Palestinian territories yesterday. It was the first time for me to visit Bethlehem and follow up closely the preparations for the Christmas there in light of the continuous suffering the occupied Palestinians live. More about this visit is coming soon.”

Social media users were quick to applaud his “bold” words.

Mohammad Al-Falah tweeted: “A British official recognises the Israeli occupation of Palestine. All respect and salute for you. I hope your next tweet will be an apology for the Balfour Declaration.”

Adham Abu-Silmiyeh added: “The occupation was created by Britain. You have said that truth that the Palestinian suffering is continuous, but it has been so since the Balfour Declaration… Do you not see all this suffering? Does it not deserve an apology? Is Britain not ashamed of being one of the greatest supporters of this occupation?”

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