Thousands of people staged the largest rally against anti-Semitism in London in decades

Two protesters wrapped in the flags of Israel and Britain walk in London during a march against anti-Semitism (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Alberto Pezzali/)

Thousands of people, including the former British Prime Minister Boris Johnsongathered in London this Sunday to march against antisemitisma day after large crowds took to the streets of the British capital to take part in a pro-Palestinian protest.

Johnson was accompanied by his wife Carrie and his last son, frankand by Britain’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis. Senior government officials were also there to express solidarity with the Jewish community. Among them, Robert JenrickImmigration, and Tom Tugendhatof security.

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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson marched accompanied by his wife Carrie and his last son, Frank (@caaauk/Tom Bowle)

Organizers said it was the largest rally against anti-Semitism in London in decades.

Protesters hold banners and flags, including that of Israel, during a march against anti-Semitism in London (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Protesters hold banners and flags, including that of Israel, during a march against anti-Semitism in London (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Alberto Pezzali/)

Participants waved Israeli and British flags and held banners with messages such as: “Never again is now” and “Zero tolerance for anti-Semites.”

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, former leader of the far-right political party English Defense League, was detained by police at the march. Yaxley-Lennon, better known by his alias Tommy Robinson, was among crowds of march resisters who clashed with police during an Armistice Day march in London a few weeks ago.

Police said he refused to leave after being warned that his presence could cause “harassment, alarm and distress to others.”

Sunday’s march was organized amid concerns over rising tensions caused by the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Protesters march against the rise of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, amid the war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip (REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Protesters march against the rise of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, amid the war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip (REUTERS/Susannah Ireland) (SUSANNAH IRELAND/)

Gideon Falter, executive director of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, said the rally followed weeks of pro-Palestinian protests that had turned the capital into a “no-go zone for Jews.”

He commented that anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have been on the rise since the war began and condemned what he said were “deplorable” banners seen at protests, including those that “show a Star of David on the trash with the phrase ‘please keep the world clean’.”

Two protesters hold two signs with the messages “Never again is now” and “Zero tolerance for anti-Semites” (REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Two protesters hold two signs with the messages “Never again is now” and “Zero tolerance for anti-Semites” (REUTERS/Susannah Ireland) (SUSANNAH IRELAND/)

On Saturday, tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched to demand a permanent ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Police said most protested peacefully, but 18 people were arrested for crimes such as suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

The Stop the War coalition, which organized Saturday’s protest, said those participating oppose racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

According to the organizers, it was the largest rally against anti-Semitism in London in decades (REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
According to the organizers, it was the largest rally against anti-Semitism in London in decades (REUTERS/Susannah Ireland) (SUSANNAH IRELAND/)

During the November 11 Armistice Day march in London, pro-Palestinian protesters marched peacefully, but far-right protesters opposed to the march clashed with officers trying to stop them from interfering with the rally. .

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

(With information from AP)

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