The annual anti-Israel al-Quds Day rally took to the streets of London on Sunday, with the flag of the terrorist group Hezbollah prominent among the marchers.
The distinctive yellow Hezbollah flag contains the image of a military assault rifle at its centre and an Arabic inscription that reads, “The Party of Allah Shall Be Triumphant — The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon.”
As Breitbart News reported, Al-Quds Day was begun in 1979 by the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini to call for the State of Israel to be destroyed. Organisers claim it “unites for the freedom of the oppressed in Palestine and beyond” and it is co-run by the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
Watch: Breitbart London photojournalist pushed away from demonstration
Hezbollah is an illegal, anti-Semitic terrorist organisation, designated as a terror organization in its entirety by the Arab League, Bahrain, Canada, France, Israel, Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States. But the European Union, as well as the United Kingdom, maintain a difference between the group’s military and political wings, seeking only to proscribe the former.
— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) June 18, 2017
Calls by various UK Jewish groups for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ban event were dismissed by the capital’s leader.
Raphi Bloom, chairman of North West Friends of Israel group, told Breitbart News that despite repeated lobbying of Mr. Khan and a petition supported by almost 24,000 signatures calling for the event to be cancelled, the city’s leader has remained steadfast in his refusal to intervene. The petition says in part:
“After the terrible recent terrorist events in Manchester and London this display of extremism has no place on the streets of the UK. Allowing this march to go ahead will send a worrying message to the UK’s Jewish community and call into question the commitment of the Mayor of London to eradicate extremism and anti Semitism.”
For his part, Mr. Khan said he had no power to intervene.
Meanwhile, terror attack fears have forced organisers of Britain’s largest pro-Israel event to scrap plans for this year’s edition of A Night to Honour Israel. Sponsored by the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) organization, the evening of celebration was scheduled for June 22 at an undisclosed venue in Westminster.
Organisers said that despite selling more than 1,000 tickets for attendees to enjoy an open, public affirmation of ties between Christians and Jews, security experts urged cancellation in the wake of the terror attacks on London Bridge and last month’s Manchester bombing. All ticket holders will now be fully refunded.
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