This could be last Quds Day­demo

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY RICHARD MILLETT

THIS YEAR’S Al Quds Day rally has prompted a strong re­sponse from Mayor Boris Johnson in an­tic­i­pa­tion of po­lit­i­cal ral­lies due to be held dur­ing the Olympic Games next year.

Al­though num­bers for Sun­day’s Trafal­gar Square rally, or­gan­ised by the Is­lamic Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, were thought to be down on pre­vi­ous years, the level of vit­riol re­mained dis­tress­ingly high.

One of the big­gest signs, pa­raded by a young boy, read: “For World Peace, Israel Must Be De­stroyed.” Next to him, his fa­ther’s poster read “Israel Your Days Are Num­bered”, on the other side of which were the words “Com­mit­ted Ev­ery War Crime In The Book, Yet The World Re­mains Si­lent, DEATH TO ISRAEL”. It took two peo­ple to carry a huge sign, which read “The World Stopped Nazism, The World Stopped Apartheid, The World Must Stop Zion­ism”. Many waved the yel­low Hizbol­lah flag, or held up “We are all Hizbol­lah” signs, with a photo of two in­jured and cry­ing Pales­tinian chil­dren.

One speaker said: “You can’t take a ter­ror­ist na­tion’s army and de­feat it with a small group of sin­cere fight­ers. It needs some of those states around [Israel] to re­lease their armies to burn that land and then that re­gion will see peace like it had in the past un­der sin­cere Is­lamic rulers.”

Lau­ren Booth, Tony Blair’s halfs i s t e r - i n - l a w, pledged her sup­port for Ha­mas’s “right to re­sist,” say­ing: “It’s time for Al Quds [Jerusalem] to be lib­er­ated for Is­lam and peo­ple of the world who wish to pray there to the one God. We say to you Israel, we see your crimes and we loathe your crimes. To us your na­tion does not ex­ist, be­cause it is a crim­i­nal in­jus­tice against hu­man­ity.”

But on Wed­nes­day a spokesman for Boris Johnson said: “The Mayor be­lieves that in­tol­er­ance of our fel­low ci­ti­zens and hate crimes against spe­cific com­mu­ni­ties are to­tally un­ac­cept­able, par­tic­u­larly in a city like Lon­don and es­pe­cially in 2012 when the eyes of the world will be on the cap­i­tal. The Greater Lon­don Author­ity will not be au­tho­ris­ing po­lit­i­cal ral­lies in Trafal­gar Square dur­ing the Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games.”

Fewer in num­ber, but the vit­ri­olic rhetoric was still ev­i­dent in the posters and speeches on Sun­day

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