Britain, we’ve an issue. Throughout the nation yesterday, hundreds upon hundreds attended ‘pro-Palestine’ demonstrations. The most important, in London, attracted 10,000 folks, in response to police. Nominally, the protests had been raging in opposition to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza and its insurance policies in the direction of the Palestinians. You may suppose protesting in opposition to a nation because it defends itself in opposition to a genocidal terrorist group – which per week in the past slaughtered 1,300 Jews, together with young children – could be sufficient to lift some eyebrows. But it surely didn’t take lengthy for unabashed Jew hatred and assist for the terrorists of Hamas to come back bobbing as much as the floor.

On Saturday morning, earlier than the day’s marches even started, self-styled Muslim information website 5 Pillars posted some helpful ‘recommendation from a lawyer’ for these planning to attend. Level 4 helpfully clarified that ‘any chants or banners attacking Jews or Judaism, celebrating the Holocaust, expressing assist for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda, ISIS or another banned organisation… may get you arrested’. That it felt moved to supply this recommendation in any respect speaks volumes.

Anti-Semitic and pro-Hamas sentiments had been on full show among the many demonstrators in any case. The Mail studies that protesters in London had been noticed with stickers of paragliders on their backs, a sick nod to the terrorists who descended on Israel from the air final Saturday. (It has swiftly turn out to be a grim image of assist for Hamas amongst Islamists and identitarians.) In the meantime, placards downplayed the horrors of final weekend, accusing the West of swallowing ‘Zionist propaganda’.

Blood-curdling chants of ‘From the river to the ocean, Palestine can be free’ rang out all through the day – a name for Israel, and the Jews who reside there, to be wiped off the map. Two males had been additionally filmed chanting ‘Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud, which has turn out to be a grotesque fixture of anti-Israel marches lately. Because the Marketing campaign Towards Anti-Semitism explains, it’s a ‘basic Arabic battle cry referencing the bloodbath and expulsion of the Jews of the city of Khaybar in northwestern Arabia, now Saudi Arabia, within the 12 months 628 CE’. The 2 males, captured on video, seem to have modified the primary phrase of the mantra, maybe to attempt to keep away from arrest. (Protesters have been charged with hate crimes for chanting it at earlier demonstrations.)

Because the day wore on, there have been a collection of scraps and near-misses between protesters and counter-protesters. Photographer Stuart Mitchell captured the second police needed to bolt forward to guard a person who was waving an Israeli flag, as protesters, chanting ‘Allahu akbar’, appeared to chase after him.

Maybe essentially the most unvarnished outburst of hatred was in Glasgow, the place a girl, draped within the Palestinian flag, goaded Jews with feedback concerning the Holocaust. ‘Fuck you! Free Palestine!’, she mentioned, earlier than including: ‘Don’t overlook the place the Jews had been in 1940.’

That anti-Semites stroll amongst us, in Britain in 2023, is stomach-turning sufficient. But it surely’s a lot worse than that. They’re on the march. They’re cocksure, virtually gleeful. For they’ve been given cowl for a lot too lengthy by credulous commentators who ought to know higher and braindead identitarians who harbour their very own prejudices about Jews. By means of raging in opposition to Israel these folks have discovered a supposedly ‘respectable’, coded approach to give vent to their Jew hatred. And even then, it doesn’t take a lot for the masks to slide. We should stand in solidarity with British Jews and confront this racist menace in our midst. Now.