The not so anti Trump but Israel bashing protest in London

So today I attended an anti-trump demonstration which started outside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square and slowly proceeded to Whitehall and outside Downing Street, where British Prime Minister Theresa May currently resides at 10 Downing Street  Once there some leaders of various organisations gave a speech and there was also a video message from

Once there some leaders of various organisations gave a speech and there was also a video message from Jeremy Corbyn who is the leader of the Labour Party

One part of the demonstration was about the usual anti-Trump rhetorics full of words ending in either ‘ism’ or ‘phobia’. Demanding Theresa May withdraw her invitation to President Donald Trump of a State visit to the UK due to his Executive Order of a 90 restriction of seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US. Which many Muslim organisations have dubbed this temporary travel restriction a ‘Muslim Ban’, they never mention the fact that there are over 48 countries that have a Muslim majority.

Six countries are part of a group of 16 Muslim majority countries that ban anyone with an Israeli passport entry. The State of Israel is the only State with a Jewish majority, is this now a ‘Jewish ban’?

A number of groups came together to organise the demonstration – Stop the War Coalition, Stand Up to Racism, Unite against Fascism, Muslim Association of Britain, MEND -Muslim Engagement and Development, the Muslim Council of Britain, CND, Friends of Al-Aqsa, The People’s Assembly Against Austerity.

One media source estimated 11,000 people attended, the lefty Independent estimated tens of thousands. Being there myself it is my opinion there were less than 5,000 people in attendance today.

The Second Part of the demonstration, which I know the mainstream media will not report on,  was an Israel-bashing exercise as well as a rallying call for people to protest the State visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the UK which takes place on the Monday 6th February

Outside American embassy in Grosvenor Square, the usual chants started and then I heard a chant “All the walls have got to go, From palestine to Mexico”.

Next, I saw this sign

Jews for Justice in Palestine at not so anti-Trump protest

I then bumped into a couple of people claiming to be Jewish, holding this sign

Anti-Zionists at not so anti-Trump protest in London

Now, this must be the UK Chapter all two of them the website for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network on the banner is actually wrong. Maybe the two members present have got their religion wrong as well.

Then I notice this lady

Anti-Trump and Anti-Israel protester

 

 

 

At this point, I start asking myself, am I really at an anti-Trump protest or is this an anti-Isreal protest?

So on the move, we go heading for Whitehall and I notice this sign

Free Speech on Israel banner at not so anti-Trump protest

 

Look who is holding one side of the banner

Jackie Walker holding anti-Zionist sign at not so anti-Trump protest

For those that do not know Jackie Walker, she lost her role as vice-chair but remains on steering committee ‘Momemtum‘ after suspension from the Labour Party over her anti-Semitic remarks. See story here

Arriving at Whitehall, where we were met with a big stage and video screen and several speakers from various organisations gave a speech

 

David Rosenberg Jewish Socialist Group at not so anti-Trump protest

Meet David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialist Group, an anti-Israel group that claims to represent the Jewish community and is aligned with the Labour Party. During his speech, he called PM Benjamin Netanyahu the “Butcher of the Palestinian people” and urged the people present today to protest on Monday 6th February against the Israeli PM visit.

 

Ismail Patel at not so anti-Trump protest

Ismail Patel founder of the group Friends of Al-Aqsa another anti-Israel organisation, during his speech he said that “A dangerous triangle is emerging between Washington, Tel Aviv and the UK”. He also urged the people present today to protest on Monday 6th February against the Israeli PM visit.

Amongst signs this group was handing out they were also handing out Palestinian flags as seen below

Palestinian flags that were handed out at not so anti-Trump protest

Was I at an anti-Trump rally?

I will leave it to yourselves to answer that question

The anti-Fascist organisation known as ANTIFA made a quick entrance and exit today at not so anti-Trump protest today

ANTIFA being chased by police at not so anti-Trump protest

 

Gays for Muslims at not so anti-Trump protest

Maybe this protestor does not know the penalty for being gay in a Muslim majority country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 4th, 2017 by