Update: see this follow-up for people who think none of this has anything to do with antisemitism.
Today, like so many days in London over the last 10 years, a group of antisemites who go under the laughable guise of ‘Palestine supporters’ planned to:
- March through the streets of London shouting despicable lies against Israel without being challenged
- Hand out leaflets spewing more lies, hatred and antisemitic blood libels to unwitting Londoners trying to enjoy a day out in the sunshine; and finally
- Lay siege to a modest Jewish Israeli-owned shop with the explicit intention of forcing it out of business, without a murmur of protest against them.
But NOT today. They met their match because, thanks to outstanding work by Yochy Davis and others, Israel supporters had found out their plans and, at short notice, got together an impressive counter demo. And for over 3 hours Israel supporters were right in the faces of the antisemites ensuring that not a single Londoner or tourist heard their lies unchallenged.
It all started when the antisemites gathered in Soho Square and were about to serenade the visitors there trying to have a peaceful lunch with their classic tune “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free”. They were greeted first by Ishmael Sali, who they assumed would be joining their hatefest.
The look on their faces was quite something to see when Ishmael pulled out a large Israeli flag (see more pictures of Ishmael below), followed by others doing the same. Within seconds the terrorist supporting goons were surrounded by more people with Israel flags (more people in fact than the antisemites) and for the 20 minutes they stayed there singing the Israel supporters drowned out their noise with their own, including with some impressive shofar blowing.
When the antisemites started their march toward Covent Garden they were surrounded and followed all the way. For the 2 hours they were outside Sabon Israel supporters made sure to counter their lies. In particular they made sure the lies in these leaflets they were handing out did not go unchallenged:
And their ludicrous stunts – like letting off smoke bombs in red and then in the colours of ‘Palestine’ and attempting to throw a bag filled with shit were muted.
Although still relatively small in numbers today’s direct action by Israel supporters was a thousand times more effective than anything done in the last 10 years by the entire set of organisations run by Britain’s ‘official Jews’ combined (UPDATE: Note I am referring to those ‘official’ demos and not other direct action events like today of which there have been quite a few). In fact I have no doubt that if the Board of Deputies and CST were aware of what was going to happen they would either have tried to stop it or would have made sure the Israel supporters were penned in as far away from the action as possible (which they manage to do every time) to maintain the image of the ‘trembling Jew’.
Every time the ‘Palestine Solidarity Committee’ plans one of these stunts I can’t help thinking of this. And it’s about time they are shown up for the bigots they are.
PS I like these photos from today (courtesy Sharon Zacks):
and this one courtesy of Israel Advocacy Movement which perfectly sums up the day:
And here is what Israel Advocacy Movement says about today:
***TODAY WE SCORED A DECISIVE VICTORY***
London Palestine Action tried to close down an Israeli cosmetics shop in London called Sabon, their reason? Because the Sabon factory is in Kiryat Gat, a city well within the 1949 Armistice Lines, this was not a protest against “settlements”, disgracefully this was a protest against the very existence of Israel.
London Palestine Action promoted this event for over a month, yet without advertising we were able to mobilise far more activists than they had. For one of the first times in years, our chants of “1, 2, 3, 4 stop the boycott, stop the war, 5, 6, 7, 8 stop the boycott, stop the hate”, drowned out their screams of “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”… a call for the destruction of Israel.
With our activists and supporters robed in Israeli flags we were successful in obscuring their message of hate.The cherry on the cake, was when Chloe organised our supporters to end the day with a shopping spree in Sabon… the perfect response to a boycott.
For those that couldn’t make it today, please take 5 minutes to head over to https://www.sabonuk.co.uk/en/ and support a great business that has found itself the focus of a vile and bigoted hate campaign.Thank you so much each and everyone who came and continues to support Israel with us.