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Jewish Defence League, Neo-Nazi groups planning to disrupt pro-Palestinian rally

Islamic Human Rights Commission

1 September 2010

PRESS RELEASE: UK: Jewish Defence League and far-right groups planning
to disrupt pro-Palestinian rally in London, 4 Sept. 2010

The organizers of the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day Rally in London, on 4
September, 2010, have called on pro-Palestinian and anti-fascist
groups to come out to show solidarity against counter-demonstrations
organized by Zionist and Fascist groups.

Police have warned the organizers that the English Defence League
(EDL), March for England and the Jewish Defense League (JDL) groups
are planning to try to disrupt the event, which is organized by Muslim
groups but supported by others including the Stop the War Coalition
and Jews Against Zionism.

Since last year's Al-Quds Day event, which was marked by
confrontations with counter-demonstrators including the EDL and
Zionist groups, supporters of the Palestinians have noted increasing
cooperation between Zionists and far-right groups trying to disrupt
pro-Palestinian demonstrations and activities.

Al-Quds Day is an annual day of solidarity with the Palestinians and
other oppressed peoples marked by Muslims around the world at the end
of the holy month of Ramadan.  (Al-Quds is the Arabic name for
Jerusalem.)  Rallies marking the day have been held in London annually
since 1980.  Supporters of the event in London this year include the
Muslim Council of Britain, the Stop the War Coalition, Jews Against
Zionism, the Islamic Forum of Europe and the Federation of Student
Islamic Societies (FOSIS).

Massoud Shadjareh, chair of the IHRC, said:

"Al-Quds Day has traditionally been a peaceful family event attended
by Muslims and others from all over the country, as a demonstration of
solidarity with ordinary people suffering in Palestine.  Last year's
problems and the threat of similar problems this year, are deeply
worrying therefore, especially as the groups involved have a history
of violence, and the JDL has been linked with terrorism in the USA and

"The growing alliance between apologists for Israel and far-right
extremists like the EDL, now regularly witnessed at pro-Palestinian
events, is of growing concern to all supporters of Palestinians in
this country. We strongly believe that everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim
alike, should be able to express their views, and stand up for victims
of oppression anywhere in the world, without facing these sorts of
threats and intimidation.

"We hope those who share our concerns about both the rise of racism
and Islamophobia in Britain, and the plight of Palestinians, will turn
out on Saturday to make a clear point to those who support racism and
fascism in whatever form."

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