An anti-Semitic neo-Nazi rally was held in central London Saturday, amid tight security and after weeks of speculation and tensions.
But after a dramatic build up the anti-Semitic initiative turned out to be a damp squib. Some two dozen Nazi demonstrators were vastly outnumbered by around 200 Jewish and anti-fascist counter-protesters, and a phalanx of police officers deployed to ensure no violence erupted.
The demonstrators emphasized their hatred of Jews by carrying Palestinian flags. Unlike in many other protests, there do not appear to have been any claims that the flag bearers are supporting Palestinians or only hate Israelis, rather than hating all Jews.
As promised by fascist activists, their members protested the “Jewification” of London, though police ordered the march to be moved to Westminster, rather than the intended location of Golders Green. About 40 percent of the population in Golders Green is Jewish.