Central London was mobbed on Saturday by thousands of anti-Israel activists, who marched on the Israel embassy carrying placards comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany.
The protest began in Hyde Park at midday, where activists were heard chanting “Allahu Akbar” and “Israel is a Terror State” outside of Marble Arch.
Some of the placards seen by Breitbart London included one which read: “Zionist Israel = Nazi Germany.”
Others read “Zionism is terrorism”, “Smash imperialism everywhere”, and “No peace on stolen land”.
The anti-Israel march was joined by far-left MPs including former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Taking to a makeshift stage erected on Kensington High Street outside the Israeli embassy, the radical socialist was greeted by football-esque chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn!”, with supporters throwing flowers at the former Labour MP.
Mr Corbyn said: “We are here today because the injustice towards the Palestinian people must end and it’s our global voices that will help give succour, comfort, and support to the people alongside those settlements in Gaza and all over the West Bank.”
He called for the British government to “end all military cooperation of any sort with Israel”.
Corbyn also said that the U.S. Joe Biden administration — which he hailed for being elected with such “diverse support” — should also cease all military cooperation with Israel.
“End the occupation now. End all the settlements now and withdraw them. End the siege of Gaza now,” the socialist concluded.
Corbyn has long been criticised for his alleged support of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) as well as terrorist organisations in the Middle East, including a 2012 appearance on an Iranian television programme, Remember Palestine, in which he referred to over 1,000 convicted Hamas terrorists as “brothers”.
Diane Abbott MP said: “This is a worldwide movement for justice, justice for the Palestinian people, justice that has been denied for too long.”
Abbott accused Israel of committing illegal acts in its response to Palestinian terrorism, saying: “American President Joe Biden says he is in favour of a rules-based order but what Israel is doing is illegal. You cannot be in favour of rules and law and support what Israel is doing illegally.”
Both Abbott and Corbyn called for the British government to recognise Palestine as a state.
Organisers claimed that at least 150,000 people joined the rally. However, no official confirmation has been made on the numbers of activists.
The protest devolved into violent altercations with London’s Metropolitan Police after officers attempted to disperse the crowd. Young men began hurling bottles and other makeshift missiles at the police, who ultimately arrested 13 activists. Watch full coverage here:Kurt Zindulka
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