Last Sunday, over 2500 people gathered in Central London to show their support for Israel following yet another round of hostilities with Hamas and thousands of indiscriminate rocket attacks against civilian population centres. Braving forecasts of torrential rain, the crowd included Jewish, Christian and Muslim friends of Israel, many of whom travelled to London for the occasion. Together, we made a very clear statement that our support for Israel remains unabated, and that we would not be cowed or silenced in the face of intimidation and the recent spike in anti-Semitism.
Organised in close coordination with the Community Security Trust (SCT) and Metropolitan Police, our guest speakers included Israel’s Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, Tzipi Hotovely who, in her address to the attendees and British Jewry as a whole, said, “Israel sees you and hears you and thanks you.”
Other speakers included Board of Deputies President Marie Van Der Zyl, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Jonathan Goldstein, Conservative MPs Theresa Villiers and Christian Wakeford, former Labour MP Joan Ryan, Rabbi Andrew Shaw of Mizrachi UK and Jonathan Spyer, British-Israeli analyst, writer, and journalist of Middle Eastern affairs.
Watch a short 4 minute video capturing some of the highlights of the rally by clicking here.
To watch a 1-minute long video with some Hebrew subtitles, click here.
Thank you to the World Zionist Organisation in the UK for partnering with us, and to the following organisations for supporting the rally: Zionist Central Council, We Believe in israel, Sussex Friends of Israel, North West Friends of Israel, North London Friends of Israel, Christians United for Israel UK, Israel Advocacy Movement and Hertfordshire Friends of Israel
And a huge thank you to Sharna Kotlowski for the wonderful photos and video!