The former leader of the English Defense League, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, joined a protest organized in support of Israel by holding a sign saying “Free Gaza from Hamas”.
The organizers of the rally, the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, said they could not control who shows up at their public events, but tweeted “all supporters of extremism are never welcome “.
Several hundred people joined the rally outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington on Sunday afternoon, which aimed to show solidarity with Israel following its recent conflict in Gaza.
The Zionist Federation said in a previous statement that it had organized the protest to “publicly demonstrate its support for peace in the Middle East as well as Israel’s inalienable right to defend itself and its citizens.”
“All supporters of Israel are welcome, but participants deemed favorable to any kind of extremist agenda will be suppressed by the organizers.”
Federation President Paul Charney said it was crucial for British Zionists to “come forward in force” not only to show their support for Israel, but also to demonstrate that they were not intimidated by the reports. anti-Semitism among some participating in pro-Palestinian protests in recent weeks.
There has been an increase in anti-Semitic incidents since violence broke out again between Hamas and Israel earlier this month. The most notorious case saw four men arrested after a convoy of cars carrying Palestinian flags passed through a Jewish neighborhood in north London as passengers chanted, “F *** their mothers.” Rape their daughters. We have to send a message ”.
Robinson, who has several convictions for violence and disturbances of public order, focuses most of his activism against Islam.
In 2019, he was sentenced to nine months in jail for contempt of court, after nearly causing the trial of a grooming gang to collapse by violating reporting restrictions in a live stream outside of court.
Britain’s largest Jewish advocacy group, the Council of Deputies, also tweeted its own condemnation of Robinson after a video of him was posted online at the pro-Israel rally.
“Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) and supporters of far-right organizations like the English Defense League are not welcome at events in our community.
“Their message of hatred and division must be confronted and defeated. We categorically reject their sectarianism. “
The Jewish Leadership Council also added its own denunciation of Robinson: “Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, or Tommy Robinson as he likes to be called, was not invited today. He was not welcome either. We do not want his “support” and we ask him to stay away from future events. Today it is about supporting Israel, not spreading hatred. “
A ceasefire was agreed between Hamas and Israel last week, after several weeks of retaliatory shelling that left hundreds dead in Gaza and 12 in Israel.