Anti-fascists Take on Far-right anti-Semites Over London Protest

'Liberate Stamford Hill' group wants to march against Jewish police force, while opponent vows to prevent 'attempt to spread their hate and fascism.'

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A poster advertising the anti-Jewish protest in March.
A poster advertising the anti-Jewish protest in March.Credit: Screenshot

Anti-fascists have vowed to stop a far-right march through a religious Jewish community in London in March, according to the U.K.'s Independent.

A group calling itself "Liberate Stamford Hill" posted a Facebook event to meet at Clapton Common in the London neighborhood on March 22. Stamford Hill contains one of Europe's largest Orthodox Jewish communities. Local police are deliberating the group's application to hold a demonstration, according to the London Evening Standard.

A leaflet advertising the demonstration portrays a member of Shomrim, the local Jewish self-defense organization, holding a baseball bat; a poster placed in the neighborhood by ultra-Orthodox community members declaring that women "should please walk along this side of the road only," and an anti-Semitic caricature of a hook-nosed religious Jew.

The man behind the protest, according to the Evening Standard, is Joshua Bonehill, who attacked the Shomrim in a post on his website entitled "An Urgent Appeal: The Jewification of Great Britain."

"It’s utter disbelief that the Jews of Stamford Hill have set up their own police force which enforces their own talmudic law on the streets of a White British city," he wrote.

Over 60 people have signed up as going on the Facebook page.

However, a group called the North London Anti-Fascists issued a statement that it would refuse "to let any group, big or small, attempt to spread their hate and fascism."

The group stated the dangers of allowing such a group space on the streets was obvious.

"This demonstration will not only be opposed, it will be stopped. We will do everything we possibly can to refuse National Action, or any other anti-Semitic, White Pride, nationalist or neo-Nazi groups who join this protest, even an inch of our streets," the group announced.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told the Evening Standard that a decision to accept the application for the demonstration had yet to be taken. "We're in consultation with the community about the possible impact it will have," she said.

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