Tens of thousands of people, including former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have attended the March Against Antisemitism in Central London. The Telegraph has more.
The march, organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism with the support of numerous Jewish communal groups and non-Jewish organisations, began at the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand before passing along Whitehall and ending at Parliament Square, where addresses by the Chief Rabbi, Home Office Minister of State Robert Jenrick and other high profile public figures were expected.
Earlier, Tube services running into the centre of London were busier than a normal morning rush hour as Jews – some proudly wearing stars of David necklaces and kippahs – and others headed for the Royal Courts of Justice, the start point for the march.
Before the event started a police helicopter was seen hovering overhead and the Strand was closed off to cars.
Early estimates from police said around 100,000 people were packed into the tight streets of Central London.
Thousands, marshalled by volunteers in light blue high-visibility jackets and flanked by police (including some drafted in from Essex), headed down the embankment. Many were adorned with flags – mainly of Israel although the odd Union flag was present. …
Some in the crowd held placards with images of people beneath headlines saying: “Kidnapped” as chants of “Bring them home” erupted from the crowd, followed by the Jewish anthem Am Israel Chai (‘The Nation of Israel Lives’). A sign reading “Never again is now” had been left against the wall of the Polish embassy. …
In polling for the Campaign Against anti-Semitism, 69% of British Jews said they are currently less likely to show visible signs of their faith and fewer than one fifth believe the police treat antisemitism like other forms of hate crime.
The poll of 3,744 British Jews taken between November 12th and 17th also revealed almost half had considered leaving the U.K. due to antisemitism since the October 7th Hamas attacks in Israel.
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Stop Press: Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to GB News while attending the March Against Antisemitism in London, expressing, “It’s very sad, in a way, that this march has to take place at all”.