Palestinian students attack British envoy in the West BankBy Mason White 1:06 PM March 7, 2013
|British Consul General Sir Vincent Fean comes under attack|
By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A British envoy was attacked by a group of angry Palestinian students as a diplomat was on his way to give a speech at a West Bank university, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.
Dozens of Palestinian students at a university in the West Bank stopped a British diplomat by attacking his car this week, preventing him from speaking on campus.
British Consul General Sir Vincent Fean was surrounded by students at the University of Bir Zeit who chanted and carried signs protesting what they see as British support for the establishment of Israel and its policies.
Campus security guards shielded Fean from several dozen protesters as the diplomat, keeping a slight smile, went to his car before being driven out unharmed.
Some of the students punched and kicked the vehicle, which had been covered with banners by the demonstrators.
Fean was scheduled to meet with students at the university, one of the top schools in the West Bank, and discuss the policies of Britain in the Middle East.
“Sir Vincent was hoping to underline Britain’s deep commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state and the urgency of advancing the peace process in 2013,” a spokesperson for the British Consulate General in East Jerusalem, said.
“Unfortunately, this dialogue was not possible at this time,” the spokesperson added.
In a statement, Bir Zeit University also expressed regret that Fean had not been able to speak.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view