Is It a Crime To Be Openly Jewish?

Ever since October 7, mobs of Muslims have taken over much of central London for kill-the-Jews rallies. The effect has been to make being Jewish in London increasingly dangerous. Things came to a head last Saturday when a group of Jews leaving a synagogue bumped into the Muslims’ weekly protest. One of that group, Gideon Falter, describes what happened:

It was early afternoon, in central London, and I was with five others, some of us wearing a kippah, or skullcap.

At Aldwych, we came across the pro-Palestine protest and we started to cross the road as the front of the march got to us. Suddenly I felt hands on me. I looked around to see a police officer who was shoving me onto the pavement.

He said: “You are quite openly Jewish, this is a pro-Palestinian march. I’m not accusing you of anything but I’m worried about the reaction to your presence.” The march came towards us and after a few minutes the crowd got thicker, people stopping and shouting abuse at us: “Disgusting”, “lock them up”, “Nazis”, “scum”.

Videos of the incident went viral:

Falter picks up the story:

By the actions of the Metropolitan Police, it’s not just that central London is a “no-go zone” for Jews, as has been said previously, but a police-enforced Jew-free zone.

Eventually the officers walked us across the road so that we could get down a side street. We were separated and as I waited to see where the rest of the group was, a protester stood right next to me and a police officer and said: “I’m not afraid of your effing people. Wherever you go, I’m going to monitor and record your movements, not because I support you, but because I’m against you.”

Finally our group was reunited and we left, followed for about half a mile by police officers checking that we did not return.

What does it mean if it is perilous to be “openly Jewish” in central London?

Someone said to me recently, is it really the end of the world if Jews just have to stay out of central London for a few months on weekends? Yes. It is the end of a world that has existed since the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, when British Jews and their allies saw off the British Union of Fascists, and ever since we have been able to live and thrive as equals in this city.

If we just accept that we are no longer welcome on the streets of London, it is the end of that world.

Initially, the Metropolitan Police released this statement:

That statement, more self-justification than apology, drew more criticism, resulting in this second effort:

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has responded to this controversy by planning a march on April 27, the date of the next scheduled kill-the-Jews protest.

Enough is enough. It is time for a major change.

On Saturday 27th April — the next anti-Israel march — we are asking you, Jewish or not, to stand up for the tolerance and decency of which this country is so rightly proud, simply by going for a walk.

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I hope millions of people show up. Stand up against bigotry. Take back the city. Take back the Western world.

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