Oct 23, 2021

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Deputy mayor of Jerusalem Aryeh King railed against the UK government accusing them of aiding and abetting Israel’s enemies from the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem.

“Did you know that in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem a consulate is working to aid our enemies? A consulate that stands with our enemies fighting our soldiers in Gaza and our brothers in Judea and Samaria? And it is all being done from inside Jerusalem…The British Consulate of Jerusalem” King posted on his Facebook page.

Portrait of right-wing member of the Jerusalem city council, Aryeh King, in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, on May 17, 2017. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

The deputy Mayer was referring to the consulate’s recent visit to the ancient Jewish town of Susiya which is now illegally occupied by Arab squatters.

The solidarity visit resulted in the UK calling for the prosecution of residents of Judea and Samaria who UK Deputy Consul General Alison McEwen claims are showing “aggression.”

King went on to write: “Recently, the consulate is increasing their attempts to exert pressure on the Israeli government and therefore, in my opinion, there is no more room to remain silent and overlook the UK’s repeated hypocritical and antisemitic attempts to impact political issues inside Israel.”
Regarding the presence of the consulate in Jerusalem and a roadblock set up on the street leading to it, King revealed a plan to investigate it writing: “My initial plan is to investigate who gave authorization? When was it given? For antisemites to sit on a road in the Mount of Olives and to close a traffic lane essentially taking over public space?”
“And if it did not go through proper legal channels, the matter must be dealt with and the land must be returned to the public. It’s about time we teach the British Empire that their mandate ended 74 years ago and they no longer have any land rights in Jerusalem.”
King also vowed to wage a protest across from the UK Consulate in Jerusalem.