I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalm 120: 7)
Jerusalem Channel’s Barbara Dingle attended the “anti-hate” peaceful protest yesterday at the Hezbollah-supporting Al Quds Day March in central London.
Al Quds (the Arabic name for Jerusalem) has an annual march of several hundred very vocal people on the streets of London when flags of the terrorist organisation Hezbollah flags are waved. Although it is illegal to show support for terrorist organisations, the organisers get around the law by claiming to be supporters of the political wing and not the military wing of the murderous regime.
The hate-filled march took place during the fasting month of Ramadan with shouts of “Free Palestine – from the river to the sea” and other anti-Israel chants. Posters calling for BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) of Israel were waved around.
“We are all Hezbollah– boycott Israel,” was chanted.
Disturbingly, very young children were seen in this march with the yellow flag showing the gun of Hezbollah resistance.
“Although I have written to my Member of Parliament and other civic leaders to complain about this support for terrorism and hatred towards Israel,” Barbara said, “they all cite freedom of speech and claim they are unable to prevent such activity as the political wing of Hezbollah is not a proscribed (illegal) organisation.”
In the UK, over 20,000 people signed a petition asking London Mayor Sadiq Khan to cancel the march. The counter protest of several hundred people was organised by the Zionist Federation and “Stand With Us.”
Among the speakers were Matthew Offord, MP, Jewish community leaders and Kay Wilson, a survivor of a savage terrorist attack. Her Christian friend Kristine Luken was murdered by Palestinian terrorists December 18, 2010, while she and Kay Wilson here hiking in the Jerusalem hills. Kay miraculously survived 13 machete wounds and 30 broken bones to become a great voice against terrorism. Kay reaches out continually to peace-loving Muslims and tries to build bridges for peace.
It was heartening to see many Israeli flags being waved amongst this counter peaceful protest where both the UK and Israeli National Anthems were sung. The many Jewish people present were also thankful for the Christians who turned out to join them.