Demonstrations against antisemitism in London

Sixty-thousand people joined the march against antisemitism in London on Sunday.

According to the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), the main organiser of the demonstration, around sixty thousand protesters joined the march against antisemitism in London on Sunday, which makes it the biggest gathering against antisemitism in London since the Battle of Cable Street.

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, among several other public figures, attended the demonstration. Speaking to reporters after the demonstration, Johnson said: „It is extremely regrettable that the demonstration was necessary at all, but the spores of antisemitism are still breeding under rotten floorboards, from which they emerge from time to time and infect”.

The CAA also released the results of its latest survey of 3,744 people, which found that almost two-thirds of British Jews have personally experienced or witnessed antisemitic incidents since Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7.

A survey by the CAA found that 69 per cent of the British Jewish population said they were „less likely than previously” to wear clothing and jewellery that implied they were Jewish. Half said they had considered emigrating from Britain because of rising antisemitism.

In a recent summary, the Community Security Trust (CST), a civil security organisation set up to protect the British Jewish community, said that it had learned of 1,563 antisemitically motivated incidents between the Hamas attack on October 7 and November 22. According to the CST, this is a 546 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. The organisation points out that there has never been such a high number of antisemitic attacks in Britain in a month and a half since the regular collection of data on them began in 1984.

Since the start of Israel’s operation in Gaza following the Hamas attack, hundreds of thousands of protesters attended demonstrations held in London every Saturday in support of Palestinians by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Stop the War anti-war civil society movement. Last Saturday’s demonstration was attended by tens of thousands protesting for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

However, Sunday’s demonstration was the first protest against antisemitism in London since the Hamas attack and took place only a day after the pro-Palestinian rally swept the city.



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