Thousands march against anti-Semitism in London

Thousands march against anti-Semitism in London

On Sunday, thousands of demonstrators marched through central London waving Israeli and British flags in a protest against anti-Semitism.

The protest came a day after large crowds of pro-Palestinians took to the streets of the British capital to demand a complete ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.

Anti-Semitic incidents have soared in the UK since the unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 sparked the latest conflict in the Gaza Strip.

“The hatred has to go. There can be no hatred on either side,” Michael Jennings, a 69-year-old retiree, told AFP as the march began outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

The demonstrators, including former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, walked towards Parliament holding posters reading “Zero Tolerance to Anti-Semitism”.

Photos of Israelis and foreigners abducted by Hamas militants were also displayed.

~ “Seeking peace” ~
“We are here to support Israel. We are here to demand the release of all the hostages,” said Debbie Goldberg, 52, with a large Israeli flag wrapped around her shoulders. he told AFP.

“We are here asking for peace and for this nightmare to end,” added Goldberg, an Israeli citizen of Argentine origin.

Omer Plotniartz, a 37-year-old music therapist, said he did not bring his wife and children to the march because he was worried about anti-Semitism.

“We’re not here to hate people. We’re not here to cry murder. On October 7th, we woke up to a new reality and everyone was shocked by it. I am traumatized,” he told AFP.

Protonialz and other protesters wore stickers that read, “Our love is stronger than your hate.”

“We just want to see our babies, our wives, our brothers, sisters, everyone,” Plotniartz added.

A third set of hostages and Palestinian prisoners were scheduled to be exchanged on Sunday in a tenuous truce in the seven-week war.

In the deadliest attack in Israel’s history, Hamas militants kidnapped about 240 people and killed about 1,200 Israelis and foreigners, Israeli authorities said.

According to the Hamas government in Gaza, in response, Israel launched airstrikes, artillery and naval fire in parallel with ground attacks to destroy Hamas, killing 15,000 people, most of them civilians, including thousands of children. Nearby people died.

During Sunday’s march organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, police arrested far-right agitator Tommy Robinson, who had been told to stay away from the demonstration.

Jewish charity Community Security Trust (CST) said there were at least 1,324 anti-Semitic incidents across the UK in the 40 days between Hamas’ first attack and November 15.

This is the highest total in a 40-day period since incidents began being recorded in 1984, and compares to 217 reported during the same period in 2022.


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