Thousands of pro-Palestine protestors plan Downing Street demo amid G7 summit a month after London protest erupted into violence
- The rally has been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for Saturday
- A demonstration in city last month sparked ugly scenes and clashes with police
- Activists call on G7 governments to end ‘their complicity in Israel’s war crimes’
Thousands of pro-Palestine protestors are planning to march on Downing Street this weekend to coincide with the start of the G7 summit.
The rally, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), comes a month after another demonstration against the unrest in the Middle East descended into violence in London, with one activist even launching himself two-footed from a ledge into a man’s head.
As the leaders of seven of the world’s most advanced economies meet in Cornwall, crowds are planning to make their way through the capital on Saturday to demand an end to what they claim is ‘complicity in Israel’s war crimes’.
The PSC is being supported in the action by fellow pressure groups, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Stop The War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.
Huge crowds gathered to protest in the capital last month, with a large police presence also enforced
At one point, footage appears to show a demonstrator seemingly deliberately landing on top of two counter-protestors
Apparently jumping down from above the activist plants both feet on the back and neck of the two counter-protestors before being accosted by officers
A Pro-Palestinian protestor holds a banner outside the Israeli Embassy in London as he awaits for a crowd of demonstrators to arrive
A spokesman said: ‘Protestors are calling on the UK as well as other G7 Governments to end their complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and are pointing out that the G7 includes the biggest suppliers of arms and military technology to the Israeli state, which are vital in enforcing Israel’s regime of oppression.
”The demonstration also follows a series of three emergency protests which took place in May in response to Israel’s escalation of its assaults against Palestinians across the region.
‘These increased violations of Palestinian rights occurred in the context of more than 70 years of dispossession and ethnic cleansing, and the imposition of a system of rule that Human Rights Watch recently concurred amounts to the crime of apartheid.’
Meanwhile, ‘Convoy For Palestine’ activists are planning a new trip to London in male and female segregated buses just weeks after a group bearing Palestinian flags drove through Finchley yelling ‘F*** the Jews, rape their daughters’.
In a poster, the group told fellow activists they would be providing separate male and female coaches at £20 per person for the journey this Saturday.
The buses are due to depart from Bradford and make stops in Sheffield and Leicester before arriving in the capital.
Activists will then join forces to take part in the main protest outside Downing Street at 1pm.
The Metropolitan Police told MailOnline they were ‘aware of the planned convoy’ and added that they were currently ‘gathering intelligence’.
It comes just weeks after four people were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences after footage showed a pro-Palestinian group drive through a Jewish community in north London while the passengers screamed ‘f*** their mothers, f*** their daughters’.
In a leaflet advertising the latest convoy, shared on Instagram, organisers said: ‘Join us on a convoy in support of standing up for the voiceless where we aim to bring every background, from every city within the UK together in solidarity for our brothers and sisters who have been oppressed for far too long.’
‘Convoy For Palestine’ activists are planning a trip to London on Saturday in male and female segregated buses
It comes after a Pro-Palestinian group drove cars through a Jewish community in north London while the passengers screamed ‘f*** their mothers, f*** their daughters’
Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green Mike Freer said the issue has been raised with the area’s Borough Commander, who will take ‘appropriate action’.
Mr Freer told the JC: ‘Reports of a planned repeat of last month’s convoy are extremely concerning.
‘The anti-Semitism on show that day was unacceptable. My constituents should not have to live in fear in their own homes and communities. Freedom of speech is not a freedom to intimidate.’
Dave Rich, Director of Policy National at Community Security Trust, told MailOnline: ‘The practice of cars flying flags through Jewish neighbourhoods in London and elsewhere as a means of intimidation has become commonplace over the past month and it has to stop.
‘The last time this particular convoy came to London it caused huge outrage and we have already received several calls about this weekend from Jewish people who are extremely alarmed and fearful. The impact on the Jewish community is enormously damaging and it would be better for all concerned if this convoy doesn’t happen.’
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of the planned convoy and are gathering intelligence to ensure a proportionate policing plan is in place.’
Last month, four men were arrested by on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences for shouting anti-Semitic abuse while driving through a Jewish community in Finchley, North London, as part of a convoy that travelled 200 miles from Bradford.
Police stepped up patrols at synagogues as a result with Sadiq Khan saying there was ‘no excuse’ for racism.
Onlookers were left horrified on May 16 after the passengers yelled: ‘F*** the Jews… F*** all of them. F*** their mothers, f*** their daughters and show your support for Palestine.
‘Rape their daughters and we have to send a message like that. Please do it for the poor children in Gaza.’
Last month, four men were arrested by on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences for shouting anti-Semitic abuse while driving through a Jewish community in Finchley, North London
One of the men inside the car where the abuse was coming from had a shirt reading ‘Blackburn’.
Mr Khan, who was recently re-elected as Mayor of London, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme at the time: ‘Many of us feel quite strongly about what’s happened in Israel and Gaza, what we can’t do is use that as an excuse for any kind of anti-Semitism or hate crime.’
The mayor said he has been in contact with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner and there will be an increased police presence in Jewish communities, synagogues and schools with the aim of trying to make people feel safe, but also to alert ‘anybody who is involved in any race crimes that action will be taken’.
He added: ‘It is important for us to realise the impact of this criminal behaviour has a ripple of fear effect on Jewish Londoners and those across the country. It is really important that we don’t bring conflicts 3,000 miles away to the capital city.’
The Community Security Trust, a charity that monitors the security of the Jewish community, said the car rally had travelled down to attend a protest about Israel’s ongoing military actions against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
In a separate demonstration last month, violence erupted when pro-Palestine activists clashed with police during a demonstration against the continued conflict in the Middle East.
Protestors waving flags, banners and placards, featuring messages including ‘Hands Off Jerusalem’, took to the streets of the English capital to call for an end to the growing unrest.
Former Labour Jeremy Corbyn was also in attendance, addressing thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the city.
But it is understood tensions flared when police attempted to escort away a small group of pro-Israel counter-protesters.
At one point, footage appeared to show a demonstrator seemingly deliberately landing on top of two counter-protesters.
Apparently jumping down from above the activist plants both feet on the back and neck of the two counter-protesters before being accosted by officers.
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