In the Belly of the Beast with Mad, Brainwashed, Zionist Crazies
Last night I heeded the call put out in the previous 24 hours to join the picket of Israel’s Fascist Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman at the Pillar Hotel in Hendon. I got there about 6.30 to find there was a largeish Zionist counter-demonstration of mainly religious Zionist and Likud supporters, with the odd member/supporter of the Jewish Nazi Kach Party and Community Security Trust present. Bushes and Police separated them from about 60-70 supporters of the Palestinians who, as the night wore on were outnumbered by about 3-1.
A hearty congratulation to all those, like Michael Shanahan and others who turned out. When I knew it was in Hendon I knew it would be one of the more difficult protests and so it proved. In fact it reminded me of the time that we were outnumbered by a similar margin in a demonstration against the National Front in Uckfield in the 1980’s. Except that yesterday the atmosphere of threatened violence and attempts at intimidation were much greater. These Zionists have such a lot in common with their EDL and BNP/NF friends.
It is to the credit of everyone present that there was such a vigorous protest, especially at such short notice. I was approached, as was one other person, by a crazed rabbi who asked if I was Jewish and then if I’d had a Brit Millah (circumcision) to which I replied yes. Apparently this was not good enough for the hairy bigot! The counter-demonstrators, waving their Israeli and union flags were just about the most brainwashed kids there were. At one point they started shouting ‘fascists off our streets’. This from people who were supporting Avigdor Lieberman, the fascist foreign minister of Israel who only recently greeted the pro-Nazi Lithuanian Foreign Minister! http://www.azvsas.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/israel-welcomes-lithuanias-anti-semitic.html
At one point the Zionists sang ‘God Save the Queen’ and then started shouting at me as to why I hadn’t joined in. I shouted back ‘because I’m a Republican’ to which they responded ‘have some respect for the country you live in’ – as if I was a stranger in Britain. But then even the limited democracy of Britain passes them by. But that of course is precisely the view of the Zionists. Jews are strangers in another people’s land.
We saw a few of the Zionist luminaries, if that is the right word, including Jonathan Hoffman and Richard Millett. I shouted myself hoarse as per usual, asking them where were their EDL friends today. But of course there were plenty of Jewish fascists there so they didn’t need them.
It also has to be said that but for the Police, who were clearly being alienated by these rich, Zionist kids, then there would have clearly been blood on the streets from these lovers of peace who were shouting that they wanted peace whilst we wanted terror. And then they went on to shout that there was no such thing as Palestinians, so its difficult to know who they intended to make peace with. Or maybe they meant piece – as in pieces of other peoples’ lands.
PSC Executive I’m pleased to say were out in force – Ben and Sara and a new member whose name I forget! And Jews 4 Boycotting Israeli Goods was there in force, as was Neturei Karta who were a particular object of hatred for the Zionists. Indeed I would estimate that at least 20-25% of the counter-demonstration was Jewish, demonstrating again that Zionists may be in a majority but they no longer have a monopoly when it comes to speaking on behalf of Jewish people.
Towards the end, because we decided to stay till 8 pm, someone said how crazy it would be to hold a march here. In fact that is exactly what we did. We marched out of the area and surprisingly, given the Zionist strength, people in cars started honking us in support and there were quite a lot of sympathetic black youth around who clearly didn’t like the well-dressed Zionist thugs who parroted about racism when that was what they were defending.
Below I included a few reactions from people on the demonstration.
22 May 22:10
I've put some photos up on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Facebook page too. It was a great turnout - thanks to everyone who came! There was a lot of racist abuse thrown at those defending Palestinian rights, but we had a great demo and made a strong presence!
22 May 22:06
Tonight was crazy!!! Zionist, young and old were crazy angry, intent on causing harm! Thank god for the police, although Zionist should never have been allowed to be so close! Across the street was not safe!
22 May 22:04
The JDL and Kach supported the fascists. A JDL Kahanist flag was brought among the fascists, but they weren't keen to be exposed as associated with the Terrorist Organization Kach, which is listed among the "Foreign Terrorist Organizations" even by the USA - see at:
23 May 10:31
I have to say that bringing Union Jack flags to a pro-Palestine demonstration, especially of the ilk of yesterday, was an astoundingly ill-thought plan. There may be some interesting narrative going on behind the scenes surrounding reclaiming the flag, but as it stands now, within the context of Palestine and protests, EDL springs to mind, as well as the Balfour Declaration! If there is a strong movement, and a very public one at that, in which we reclaim the flag, then yesterday's decision would have made sense. As it stands, it came across as extremely insensitive and very confusing.