Pro-Palestine demonstrators stage a British Museum sit-in over BP Deal

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On February 11, pro Palestinians protestors staged an occupation at the British MuseumOver its 10-year agreement with BP.

In December last year, the museum announced a £50 million ($63.3 million) sponsorship deal with BP, funding that is used for the refurbishment and redisplay of the museum’s permanent collection over a 10-year span. Trustees of board Raising ethical and safety concernsThe deal was discussed behind the scenes by board chair George Osborne, and two other members of the board with connections to BP.

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The group Energy Embargo for Palestine has posted on the social networking platform X. A reference to the newsBP was Israel has awarded gas licenses to six companies On October 30, last year. “We will not watch idly as energy companies based in Britain fuels Israel’s colonial genocide,”The group wrote.

Energy Embargo for Palestine announced that it organized the event in partnership with Palestine Solidarity Campaign. According to the Telegraph, The Metropolitan Police was notified about the protest but “did not attend.”

BP’s support of the British Museum goes back nearly three decades, to 1996. The oil company also funded a theater at the institution in 2000, along with sponsoring exhibitions.

“The British Museum respects other people’s right to express their views and allows peaceful protest onsite at the museum as long as there is no risk to the collection, staff or visitors,”A museum spokesperson told the Telegraph.

Activists have repeatedly protested BP’s financial ties to the British Museum, urging the institution to drop the oil company as a funder through actions staged within the galleries. In 2019, the novelist Ahdaf Soueif Resigned from British Museum board. citing BP’s funding. The climate activist group BP or Not BP organized a protest in February 2020. weekend-long protest The British Museum had a 13-foot Trojan Horse.

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