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  3/5/2013, Adar 23, 5773

Arab Students Riot During Visit by British Official


Scores of Palestinian-Arab students forced the British consul general to make a hasty departure from a university campus in Ramallah on Tuesday, witnesses and an AFP correspondent said.

Consul General Sir Vincent Fean had travelled to Bir Zeit University near Ramallah to deliver a lecture on Britain's policy in the region and the prospects for peace but was turned away by a noisy demonstration.

Video footage showed protesters banging on his car and shouting: "Get out of Bir Zeit!"

Although Fean was hurriedly escorted back to his car then whisked away unharmed by his security detail, the protesters managed to break the car's wing mirror and taped pictures of a Palestinian prisoner on long-term hunger strike onto the window, the correspondent said.

The protesters held up Palestinian flags and banners in English and Arabic, one of which read: "I am a refugee because of Balfour" in reference to Britain's publication in 1917 of the Balfour Declaration calling for the establishment "of a national home for the Jewish people."