Jewish group blows up Tommy Robinson after joining pro-Israel march – fr

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Jewish group blows up Tommy Robinson after joining pro-Israel march – fr


The far-right figure held a sign reading: “Free Gaza from Hamas” (Photo: Alamy / PA / Getty)

Tommy Robinson was part of a march in support of Israel that nearly clashed with pro-Palestinian protesters on Sunday afternoon.

But a leading Jewish organization said he was “not welcome” at the London event and denounced his “bigotry”.

Police were forced to intervene after a small group of people chanting “Free Palestine” approached the rally of Israel supporters in Kensington High Street.

The large crowd waved Israeli flags and banners and chanted loudly, while a number of speeches were made.

This follows a ceasefire between the two sides, after days of fighting that saw dozens of Palestinians and a number of Israelis killed, as the two sides exchanged rocket fire, leaving a large part of Gaza in ruins.

It comes after nearly 200,000 people demonstrated on Saturday for a march for “free Palestine” in the British capital.

During Sunday’s pro-Israel event, a large police presence could be seen in London amid heightened tensions, with a number of surrounding roads closed.

Robinson is seen in the pro-Israel crowd (Photo: Alamy Live News)
The pro-Israel rally was adjacent to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington High Street, London (Photo: PA)

Images of the protest circulating on social media appeared to show England Defense League founder Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, among the attendees.

The anti-Muslim activist was seen holding a sign that read “Free Gaza from Hamas”.

The British Jewish Council of Representatives tweeted: “Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) and supporters of far-right organizations like the English Defense League are not welcome at our community events.

“Their message of hatred and division must be confronted and defeated. We totally reject their bigotry. “

Placards bearing the messages “Free Gaza from Hamas” and “Israel has the right to defend itself” were placed in the air as the music played loudly.

Pro-Palestinian protesters attend a protest following an outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in London, Britain, May 23, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls

Pro-Palestinian protesters tried to disrupt the event (Photo: Reuters)
People take part in a pro-Israel rally next to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington High Street.  Photo date: Sunday, May 23, 2021. PA Photo.  Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor / PA Wire

It comes in the middle of a ceasefire between the two sides (Photo: PA)

Some people could be seen on streetlights blowing blue smoke in the heavy rain.

A small group of men, many of whom were wearing masks and balaclavas, attempted to enter the protest zone chanting “Free Palestine”.

They waved Palestinian flags and had heated exchanges with pro-Israel protesters before the police tried to push them away.

The group then started throwing objects at the police and chanting back at pro-Israel protesters.

A number of people were taken to nearby police vans.

The officers then cornered the group and members of the public were chased away.

After the rally was over, a small number could be seen walking down the main street singing, before surrounding the nearby Israeli embassy, ​​which had been guarded by a number of police officers.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “The demonstration which took place near the Israeli embassy this afternoon ended without incident.

A small group of counter-demonstrators were also present and were monitored by officers. They have since left the immediate surroundings.

“There were no arrests in connection with the demonstration. “

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