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Amidst the energy embargo in protest of Palestine, the British Museum closes.

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The British Museum abruptly closed today as a sizable contingent of demonstrators from the Energy Embargo for Palestine organization gathered outside. The demonstrators, who point to BP’s participation in offshore gas development permits awarded by Israel—especially in light of the ongoing crisis in Gaza—are calling for an end to the museum’s collaboration with the firm.

Because of the museum’s funding relationship with BP, the recently established protest group Energy Embargo for Palestine has called on the public to boycott it. Their action highlights the increasing convergence of climate advocacy and Palestinian solidarity.

The closure was confirmed by sources within the British Museum, who cited guidance from the Metropolitan Police. The museum is allowing ticket exchanges for guests scheduled for later times, although those who arrived before the closing were allowed to remain.

Advocates for climate change have sharply criticized the museum’s £50 million, ten-year agreement with BP, which was intended to finance a significant renovation project. The march on Sunday is a huge step up, combining opposition to Israel’s military activities in Gaza with climate advocacy.

The British Museum respects nonviolent protests as long as they don’t harm the museum’s collection, employees, or visitors, according to a spokeswoman. In the meantime, BP defended the collaboration, highlighting its long history in the country and its dedication to guaranteeing that the museum is open to everyone.

Amid growing worries over environmental and geopolitical challenges, organizations are under increasing pressure to reevaluate their collaborations, as seen by the shutdown of one of Britain’s most prominent cultural institutions.

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