Thousands in London are expected to protest against Israel during the annual “Al Quds Day March” in which they will have the ability to freely carry the terror organization Hezbollah’s flag. Local authorities said that protesters are able to do so because only part of Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization.
The protest is set begin at 15:00 and follows similar marches were held in Iran, Syria and other places, with protesters burning flags and chanting “Death to Israel.”
After inquires the London Metropolitan Police reported that because British policy only designates the armed wing of Hezbollah as a terror group, flying the organizations flag was a legitimate form of political expression.
London’s Jewish Chronicle reported that police commander Jane Conners wrote in a letter on the matter to MP Louise Ellman when asked about the subject, “Purely holding a flag does not necessarily incite religious or racial hatred. It is the words or actions of the person holding the flag that can cause incitement.”
“If we see the machine-gun adorned flag of an antisemitic terror group on London’s streets again this June it will be due to the inaction of the government – they must act now,” Ellman wrote in response, according to the report.
During last year’s Quds Day march, demonstrators carried Hezbollah flags and blamed “Zionists” for the Grenfell Tower apartment complex fire in London that killed 79. One man shouted at the the rally, ““This demonstration calls on justice for Grenfell. Some of the biggest supporters of the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party. Free, Free, Palestine!”.”
This year’s event will be especially intense following the recent events along the Israel-Gaza border and the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem. Police are expected to have a heavy presence in the area.