100,000 Attend Massive Pro Israel Rally in London, Largest Gathering Since 1936

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    Protesters holding placards flags and banners, including the flag of Israel, during an anti-Semitism demonstration in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

    LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people including former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gathered in London on Sunday for a march against antisemitism, a day after large crowds turned out for a pro-Palestinian rally.

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    Johnson was joined by the U.K.’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and other senior government officials at the march to express solidarity with the Jewish community. Organizers billed it as the largest gathering against antisemitism in London for decades.

    Marchers waved Israeli and the U.K.’s Union flags and held placards reading “Never Again Is Now” and “Zero Tolerance for Antisemites.”

    Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, the former leader of the far-right English Defence League, was detained by police at the march. Yaxley-Lennon, more widely known by his alias Tommy Robinson, was among crowds of counter-protesters who clashed with police during an Armistice Day march in London earlier this month.

    From fifth left to right, Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Robert Rinder, Tracey-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Rachel Riley, Maureen Lipman and Vanessa Feltz take part in a march against antisemitism organised by the volunteer-led charity Campaign Against Antisemitism at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (Jordan Pettitt/PA via AP)

    Police said he refused to leave after he was warned about concerns that his presence would cause “harassment, alarm and distress to others.”

    Sunday’s march was organized amid concerns about rising tensions sparked by the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

    Gideon Falter, the chief executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said that the rally came after weeks of pro-Palestinian protests that had made the capital a “no-go zone for Jews.”

    He said antisemitic incidents in the U.K. have surged since the war began, and condemned what he called “appalling” placards seen at the protests — including ones “showing a Star of David thrown in the bin with a caption that says ‘please keep the world clean.’”

    On Saturday, tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched to demand a permanent cease-fire in the war.

    Police said the majority protested peacefully, but 18 people were arrested for offenses including suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

    The Stop the War coalition, which organized Saturday’s rally, stressed that those taking part oppose racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia.

    Chief Rabbi Mirvis takes part in a march against antisemitism organised by the volunteer-led charity Campaign Against Antisemitism at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (Jordan Pettitt/PA via AP)

    During the Nov. 11 Armistice Day demonstration in London, pro-Palestinian protesters marched peacefully but far-right counter-protesters whom police described as soccer “hooligans” clashed with officers trying to prevent them from attacking the march.

    Organizers of Sunday’s march said it was the largest gathering of its kind since 1936, when hundreds of thousands of people blocked a planned march by the British Union of Fascists through a Jewish neighborhood.

    Protesters holding placards flags and banners, including the flag of Israel, during an anti-Semitism demonstration in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    Protesters holding placards flags and banners, including the flag of Israel, during an anti-Semitism demonstration in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    Protesters holding placards flags and banners, including the flag of Israel, during an anti-Semitism demonstration in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    Protesters holding placards flags and banners, including the flag of Israel, during an anti-Semitism demonstration in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    A policewoman stand guard on a bridge as an anti-Semitism demonstration with protesters holding placards flags and banners, including the flag of Israel, takes place in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    A woman wrapped in the Israeli flag takes part in an anti-Semitism demonstration in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    Two protesters wrapped in the flags if Israel, left and Britain walk along Whitehall during an anti-Semitism demonstration in London, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

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    lazerx
    lazerx
    2 months ago

    Jews have peaceful rallies,
    Palentinians have violent unlawful protests

    See@gmail.com
    2 months ago

    But ח״ו no Chasidem or Yeshivish people participate,because the Natzis or Hamas only kill non religious Jews , right?

    Kvetch
    Kvetch
    2 months ago

    These 100,000, the 290,000 at DC rally, Lipa S and Berry W all now banned from frum music venues.

    me, myself & I
    me, myself & I
    2 months ago

    What a sleepy bunch!

    anonymous
    anonymous
    2 months ago

    Thank you VIN for posting this news!
    (Just wondering: did any Gedolim make statements against the rally?)