Yes, that really does say Auschwitz, Iraq, Dachau, Palestine.
Some mocked the Holocaust, others disfigured the Israeli flag, a few screamed “Allahu Akbar”, they all called for the destruction of the Jewish state.
That was the scene outside London’s Israeli Embassy yesterday afternoon as many thousands thronged to hear blood-curdling speeches calling for the end of Israel.
Kensington High Street was closed off to traffic leaving London buses stranded by the protesters who requisitioned them and covered them with anti-Israel slogans.
The protest against Israel’s latest attack on Hamas in Gaza was a toxic mix of Islamists, trade unions like Unison, charities like War On Want, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and, of course, the extreme religious Jewish sect Neturei Karta.
I knew I had outstayed my welcome when a protester grabbed me and shouted “A Zionist!”. I shook him off and made for the relative safety of the tube station.
Here’s a clip for you to savour some of yesterday’s toxicity and some photos:
Disfiguring Israel’s flag. At least they didn’t burn it.
“Cheap Jewish settlements” because Jews are tight money grabbers of course!
War On Want’s Executive Director John Hilary.
Agreed! Palestinians should be freed from their Hamas oppressors.
Is that because Israel builds bomb shelters but Hamas doesn’t bother, possibly?
Courageous guy climbs a traffic light.
They’re the stars of the show at these hate events.
Will she be off to protest against Assad, Iran, ISIS and Boko Haram now?
Police under pressure and looking under-numbered for once.
Libyan support despite things not looking too rosy in Libya either.
One of our buses gets occupied. Tell Boris!
Remind me to invite him over for Friday night dinner soon.
War On Want flags. WOW to be renamed War On Israel anyone?
Not too sure what to say about this, so I think I’ll leave it at that.
Hmm, they mean Iran, Saudi, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq don’t they? Oh wait…
Can we have our bus back now please?
Errr, the problem is not Gaza, the problem is Hamas.
Ask them to ring back, you’re at an anti-Israel protest!
War On Want No! Who can argue with that?
Oh really. Now where does it say such a silly thing like that?
“Cover up, sweety, it’s getting a bit chilly”. Aw.
(I dedicate this blog to the memory of my recently deceased mum whom I loved and miss and who, before she lost the ability to speak due to her terminal illness, always gave me one piece of treasured advice when she knew I was going to an anti-Israel event: “Be careful.”)
We unequivocally condemn the horrific murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. It was unjustifiable under any circumstances. The killing was reprehensible and we hope that the criminals who did this sickening act are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Israel is a country run by the rule of law. There are reports that Jews have been arrested for this crime. If a trial finds that Jews are indeed guilty of this unconscionable killing, our condemnation is redoubled. The idea that Jews could do such an act fills us with shame and horror.
The people who murdered Mohammed do not represent us in any way. It is not enough to dissociate ourselves from the dreadful act; we must also ensure that crimes like this are never repeated.
Just as the appalling murders of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar do not in any way justify the hideous murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, neither does Khdeir’s murder justify the violence, terrorism, destruction and incitement we have seen over the past few days against Israelis and Jews.
We hope and pray that everyone, Arab and Jew, lives in peace and security in the region.
And please see elderofziyon for rest of signatures.