An anti-Israel protest held on Downing Street, London, told all Zionists to "go home" on Wednesday.
One of the protest's attendees brought a sign saying "Stop the Judaization of Jerusalem, and Britain, Europe, Ukraine and USA." Another poster there said that "Zionism uses Jews as human shields."
Another protester brought a poster that said "Hamas are gallant fighters for the Palestinian cause. They show huge bravery against the might of the Israeli military." Other signs the protesters held included messages such as "end the Israeli occupation" and "end the siege in Gaza."
London today: antisemites scream “Zionists go home”That’s the point…we did pic.twitter.com/HbjjCnzjje— Emily Schrader - אמילי שריידר (@emilykschrader) August 11, 2022
"There is only one solution, Intifada Revolution" was another chant that was heard at the protest.
The protest was referred to as a "Rally for Palestine," organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, according to the organization's website. It was in response to the three-day-long Operation Breaking Dawn that had ended just a few days earlier.
Responses to the protest
In response to the chants, one Twitter user wrote that "they're telling Zionists to go home, doesn't that kind of make them Zionists, too?" Another user said that the chant was the "best self-defeating slogan."
Another user said that it is "such an illogical thing to say when you protest against Israel."
Jerusalem Post columnist Emily Schrader said, "that's the point… we did."
Pro Palestine Demonstration at Downing St heart of London yesterday. Let's see what it looked like The banner reads:"Stop Judaization of Jerusalem, and Britain Europe Ukraine and USA" pic.twitter.com/MEYd5lrkDm— Harry's Place (@hurryupharry) August 11, 2022
Author and former Labor MK Dr. Einat Wilf responded with: "Otherwise known as the call to 'Make Aliyah.'"
"They're telling Zionists to go home, doesn't that kind of make them Zionists, too?"Twitter user
Journalist and writer David Collier called the protesters "thugs" and that they are the new Nazis - and have overrun left-wing political spaces, media, academia and NGOs. "They are even in schools teaching our children."
Antisemitism in London
Earlier this month, a Jewish mother in London was chased by an assailant with a stick and had her 8-month-old baby sprayed with an unidentified liquid while the mother was walking home.
This week, a British man was sentenced to 43 months in a youth offenders’ institution for hitting a British rabbi over the head with a brick last year.
Last year saw a sharp rise in antisemitism in the UK – especially in the midst of Operation Guardian of the Walls.
Michael Starr contributed to this report.