UK Palestinians defeat pro-Israel group’s bid to ban London event

Europe’s largest Palestine convention is to go ahead in the UK after surviving attempts by pro-Israel lobbyists to have it cancelled. The Palestine Expo, organised by the non-profit Friends of al-Aqsa (FOA) group, is expected to draw about 10,000 people to the Queen Elizabeth Centre in London, on 8 and 9 July.
But doubts emerged as to whether the event would go ahead after the UK’s local government minister, Sajid Javid, whose department controls the QEII Centre, had warned he was “minded” to cancel the event. Since the decision to go ahead was announced, momentum has grown and thousands of tickets have been sold.