terrorist flagIt is 3pm on June 18th 2017.  I am in disguise, wearing a keffiyeh that is necessary to cover my face. I want to infiltrate the Al Quds Day march and the only way I can participate is to remain unrecognised.  I stand next to the terrorist flag of Hezbollah. The stewards are on the lookout for people like me, and although I am quickly questioned, their suspicions do not allow them to remove the keffiyeh. They could not know who was behind the mask. I stare them down. I remain unidentified and I am in.

Fifteen days ago, just three miles from where I stand, eight people were killed and 48 were injured in a radical Islamic terror attack. In Manchester just a few weeks before, an Islamic terrorist attacked an Ariana Grande concert, deliberately targeting British children. Twenty-two people died in that attack. A few weeks before this, five were killed when an Islamic terrorist attacked people in Westminster. That attack was less than two miles from where I stand. Today, I will walk down Oxford Street with hundreds of people, all marching in support of a radical Islamic terror group. Proudly waving the flag of the Hezbollah. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Al Quds day is an Islamic invention, that was introduced into the calendar by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 in ‘opposition to the existence of Israel’. The London branch of the Islamic hate festival is organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC). Every year flags in support of Hezbollah are flown. This year the IHRC have even encouraged people to bring them.

Majid Nawaaz recently described Hezbollah as:

“an anti-Semitic, sectarian shia-jihadist terror organisation that advocates the annihilation of Jews worldwide, and has militarily backed Assad’s atrocities in Syria for geo-sectarian reasons at the behest of their state sponsor Iran.”

The terrorist march

The meeting point was Duchess St in London. I was at the event last year, and this year the numbers were clearly down. Maybe 250 people this time, including several young children kitted out in Hezbollah colours. The organisers were visibly disappointed as they continually advised the marchers to ‘spread out’. They were constantly urging more of a response to their call for chants. They knew the attendance looked and sounded weak.

Nazim Ali on the megaphone spewed out hate. Here the organisers did not disappoint; a rancid, antisemitic tirade that suggested the ‘Zionists’ (read Jews) are the root of all evil. All manner of antisemitic conspiracy was shouted out through the speakers. The BBC are silenced through the power of Zionists, the Board of Deputies have blood on their hands, Israel is ISIS. The crowd is told Zionism to its core is a ‘fascist, evil ideology’. By a country mile the most despicable attack was linking the ‘Zionists’ (read Jews) to the recent tragedy in Grenfell. An entire tower block reduced to ashes, and clearly the fault of the Jews. The police did nothing. When asked about some of the hate being spewed: ‘It’s an opinion’ one said.

The constant use of the ‘good Jew’, ‘bad Jew’ formula, somehow permits these antisemites to spew sectarian anti-Jewish hatred on the streets of the UK’s capital. A handful of Neturei Karta stand at the front of the march. A strange cult on the very fringe of Jewish society allowing mainstream Jewry to be attacked without comment. Some of the comments are caught in this video:

I had known it was coming, but suddenly there was agitation at the front. The march came to a stop. It was time for me to make my way outside.

‘Thou shall not pass’

I quickly left those waving the terrorist flag to join the group of protestors who had brought the march to a halt. About 40 pro-Israeli activists, had taken up position in front of the demonstration. 40 activists, waving the Israeli flag, shouting “get the terrorists off our streets”. They were not moving and the entire procession came to a stop. Richard Millett, one of these protestors, took this video, shortly after they took their initial positions:

The failure of law

The police were clearly unsure what to do, as the pro-Israelis pointed to the Hezbollah flag, asking for the flag to be removed. Carefully reciting from a script sheet, over and over again the police stated that the flag represents the ‘political arm’ of Hezbollah. It is what the rule book says. This is toothless western bureaucracy, and highlights just how lost the west is in response to radical Islamic terrorism. It sends a message that it is okay to hate Jews, it is okay to incite against them, it is okay to ask for them to be ‘wiped off the map’. It is also okay to create a specific military wing to violently carry out your wishes. As long as you do not join that military wing, you can be treated as a legitimate actor. This the logic behind the argument.

Islam is a political religion, there is no separation as we understand it. If we in the UK would object to the waving of an ISIS flag because it is symbolic of the slaughter of innocents, so too we should oppose Hezbollah.

Yet the pro-Israelis succeeded where the politicians had refused to tread. As the police eventually began to slowly move them on, they changed the face of the entire demonstration. Walking at the front were 40 Israeli flags, pointing back to the Islamic march, shouting that terrorists should not be allowed on our streets. As they were at the front, it was the first thing that everyone saw, and a forceful image that shaped the way the demonstration was being viewed. Strategically it was very successful. These activists stood in the sweltering heat, peacefully faced down the terrorist crowd, with resolve, with courage and they blunted the antisemitic message of hate. Kudos.

 

The final destination

Because the pro-Israeli activists kept slowing down or stopping the demonstration, it took far longer to reach the US Embassy than expected, but eventually we reached the main group of pro-Israeli activists, the official counter demonstration.

And so the two groups finally faced each other. Speaking on the one side, Kay Wilson, a survivor of a brutal terror attack in Jerusalem, and speaking on the other, those that wave the flag of Hezbollah.  Scottish PSC were represented, driven by a hate that blinds them to the colours of the Hezbollah flag. So too Naomi Winborne Idrissi. There is no excuse for a self stated ‘humanitarian’ of any shade to be walking with such toxic antisemitic elements. Rarely have Idrissi’s internal failings been so clearly exposed. On the 18th June 2017, she stood with the flag of Hezbollah. Under the banner of radical Islamic terrorism.

But the real failing here is that the march was allowed to take place at all. It is a disgraceful message to send that we are so impotent in the fight against terrorism, that terrorists can wave their flags freely in London.

The 18th June was Fathers day in the UK. Seeing the Hezbollah flag waved in London was a direct insult to all the absent fathers that were ripped from their families through Islamic terrorism. How sickening, that on a day that would know mourning in hundreds of households in the UK, Hezbollah should be honoured in the UK capital. The politicians had left it so the victims of terror were not remembered on the streets of London, their killers were. How fortunate that some people took to the streets to remind everyone of the truth.

 

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22 thoughts on “Marching with (and stopping!) terrorist supporters in London in 2017

  1. Amazing stuff. I guess Israel is saved right ? Anyway David I would suggest that next time you and Richard make a better effort to synchronise your stories o:)

      1. David in all seriousness this made me smile and I don’t mean in a condescending way. It was a pretty good wheeze. I genuinely impressed. The kind of thing I could imagine my daughter organising. It will of course only work once.

    1. Unbelievable, what a stupid comment to a well written report on a well organized counter demo by the pro Israel group.

  2. David, I imagine that you’ve now realised that if in some parallel universe you had been an undercover reporter at Belsen writing first hand accounts of babies being dismembered live by Nazis and their remains macerated to make jam Mr. Bellamy would accuse you of bias to Jews and of deliberate distortion of your reporting as a result….and in any event the babies probably had it coming.

    Still, at 2 or 3 quid a post from his paymasters I suppose that he has little or no motivation to up his game.

  3. interesting to see how many police had to waste their time yesterday policing two futile events

    especially in the light of all the comments on the TV this morning, about how overworked the police are…
    and how difficult it has been for them since the London Bridge attack, and then the Grenfell fire and now the Finsbury park mosque

    poor things could certainly have done without having to stand around on a hot summer afternoon as well

  4. Disgraceful that a March of that nature is allowed to happen at all is just a piss take after all that’s been going on in Manchester and London. I’m sick of this country and what it’s become.id. it’s being taken over and no one has stopped it .the government sit there doing sod all about it while chanting they will not win.from where I’m standing they already have.when these terrorists acts happen again it’s the good will of the community that helps in every way. That in itself is a brilliant display.however where are the government who spend annoying amounts of money helping immigrants into this country.yet don’t help their own.I’m ashamed to be British. And I’m far from proud of the way Britain has bowed down and let these idiots do what they want.no wonder the country is in this message. Shocking.

  5. I was at the Grosvenor Sq end of the event. When things started running late, I knew it could not have been the fault of TFL. Then the phone-call came through and i punched the air. Well done to the break-away Zionists who had the guts to disrupt the harmony and flow of Al-Quds day.

    I too was surprised that the Al Quds numbers were so low. However, this is a good sign, When they marched towards the Zionist cordon, I was on the other side of the rod actually in the square. I walked in to their ranks and what a heavy atmosphere compared to the Zionist’s cordon. They all looked so fed-up. I took some photos of the NKs and told them in Yiddish what I thought of them. Remarkably, they remained un-intimidated by my insults (‘scheigetz and mumsahs). My guess is that their Rebbe has guided them on the possibility if intimidation.

    As I left the Al-Quds crowd, one guy recognised me and told me to fuck-off. I told him to fuck-off too…plus another expletive. I will not be told where I can go or what I can say in a free country. While exiting the crowd, I was followed. I turned around and some big guy asked me what I was doing. I replied: ‘going that way’ As a police officer was standing right next to me, his threatening behaviour ended there…..like I was bothered.

    May I thank the Zionist Federation, the Board of Deputies, the CST and everyone else, including the author of this site David, for your commitment and courage in what was a challenging day.

    G-d bless you all.

    If anyone would like to see the three close-ups of the NK and the sign they were holding up, please email me.

    1. I mean you always plan to be at the ball but never quite make it. Always have a good reason though. On the other hand Cinderella eventually did.

      1. Targets nearly met eh Stephen? Just a pithy one liner over at #ziostorchedGrenfell and a summary put down of some old dear at One-Mans-Terrorist.org and you can put your feet up for the week. Nice work if you can get it.

  6. As Stephen said, this escapade was rather funny. Inspector Clouseau rides again! Yes of course it’s a gravely serious matter but going in disguise…? Infiltrating…? Seriously?! You’ll have people (from both sides) playing ‘spot-the-Collier’ at future events, if they don’t already. The other funny thing – or not so funny – is that the majority of Brits had probably never heard of al Quds Day before the pro-Israel movement started shouting about it.

    1. Not really. It isn’t that I haven’t been outed before. My disguise isn’t really to get me in, it is to allow me to roam freely and report without hindrance once inside. In other words it is there to keep me safe. There isn’t much anyone can do is there? What is it about me that would permit exclusion? I cause no trouble, I never interfere, interrupt and rarely comment at all. I carry a press card. I am a journalist and they do not like what I write. So yes, they look for me, and yes they warn others I might be there, but the law protects me not them. And the day the law starts to protect them from journalists, is the day I’ll want to leave.

      As for the second bit. The majority of Brits still haven’t heard of it. They hadn’t heard of the hate preachers either before people began to tell others of the hate being spewed inside some mosques. And then of course the attacks started. So it isn’t about whether or not most people are aware of it. It is about getting radical Islamic hate on our streets.

  7. Was supporting Israel there last year Oh!how I wish I was there this year but I live in Spain…God bless all who took part

  8. No David, you are not a journalist. You’re a blogger and a propagandist. This much is obvious from the vocabulary you regularly use (rabid, spewing venom, rancid rambling, hate-fest) and the persistent libelling of certain individuals (Pappe, Suarez, Falk…) Your writing is full of insinuations and assumptions about other people’s motives. In writing as you do, you are actually inciting hatred, while accusing others of doing so. What’s more, while you accuse pro-Palestinian academics and activists of lacking balance, you don’t seem to see the need for balance in your own writings. You want to be a journalist? Go on a course to learn how to do it properly! And another thing – if you have a Press card (as you say you do) – then you must have blagged one because according to the Press Card Authority you have to be able to verify that you need one in the course of your professional work as a newsgatherer, verified by one of a number of ‘gatekeeper’ organisations, including the NUJ. I repeat: ‘professional newsgatherer’, not blogger, David, and certainly not someone who relies on donations as you do. Besides, there was absolutely no need for you to go undercover at the Al Quds march. The speeches were public, and the media had the event covered – the Jewish press extensively – before and after. Protesters against the march certainly have a point and I don’t disagree with them. But perhaps a little context would not go amiss: Hizbollah hasn’t arrived out of nowhere, any more than Palestinian violence has come out of nowhere. Hizbollah was born out of Israel’s devastating wars in Lebanon (remember the Sabra and Shatila massacre? ), including in 2006 when Israel formulated its Dahiya Doctrine (look it up people) which they later used to inflict death and destruction on Gaza. I’m not saying the UK should allow such marches in the current climate, or ever – and some of the speeches were clearly unacceptable – just that as you’ve said before, David, it’s complicated.

    1. Oh you poor dear Jane. You have as much awareness of online news media, its content management strategy, funding routes and consumer patterns as you do of the libel laws of the UK. To be honest you come across as somebody with an axe to grind against the press. Have you recently been layed off by your sub-editor or overlooked for a decent gig on the Hair and Beauty section? If so I really don’t think that taking it out on David helps you very much, do you?

  9. I’m sure David can take the flak, Ian. And I’m sure you’re right, I don’t know enough about today’s online media, but I do know something about journalistic writing style and professionalism. Re your personal insults: I expect they actually do make you feel better.

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