Campaign formed to protest upcoming anti-Semitic rally in northern London

Gabe Friedman

(JTA) — Communal and religious leaders have launched a campaign against an upcoming neo-Nazi demonstration in a Jewish neighborhood of northern London.

The New Dawn Party and other far-right groups are planning to protest the existence of the local Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer security group, on July 4 – a Saturday – in the Golders Green neighborhood.

On Monday, the London Jewish Forum, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the anti-fascist organization Hope Not Hate launched the Golders Green Together campaign. The group will hang gold-and-green banners and ribbons along the neighborhood’s main streets to show solidarity with the Jewish community, the Guardian reported.

The neo-Nazi groups do not plan on marching, and English police cannot ban “static demonstrations” due to the country’s Public Order of 1986

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“You are not allowed to march, but you are allowed to say these hateful things if you stand still, because of some loophole? That’s a farce,” Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner told the Guardian.

Tessa Jowell, a contender to be the Labor Party candidate for London mayor in 2016, wrote an Op-Ed slamming the protest in the UK Jewish News, and a Change.org petition condemning the rally has garnered over 11,000 signatures.

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