Palestinian students attack British diplomat's car

Dozens of Palestinian students attacked the car of a British diplomat with metal rods, as he arrived to give a speech at a West Bank university.

The consul general, Sir Vincent Fean, was due to speak at the Palestinian university of Birzeit but the event was cancelled due following the incident.

A representative for the British Consulate in Jerusalem confirmed the incident. They said: "The British Consul General, Sir Vincent Fean, visited Birzeit University today. His intention had been to engage in an open dialogue with the student community about the UK’s policies in the Middle East.

"Sir Vincent had hoped to underline Britain’s deep commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state, and the urgency of progress on the peace process in 2013."

"Sadly, such a dialogue was not possible on this occasion. Sir Vincent remains absolutely committed to building his relationship with the Palestinian student community, and hopes to have the opportunity to pursue this dialogue in future,” the British representative added.