National Jewish Assembly condemns antisemitic rhetoric and hate at Nakba Day march in London

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) strongly condemns the organisers and attendees of the Nakba Day march in London for their use of hateful and antisemitic language and their dissemination of false and inflammatory statements about Israel.

The use of calls for intifada, equating Israel with Nazi Germany, and accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing” are not only deeply offensive but also contribute to the perpetuation of hate and misinformation. The NJA denounces the use of such language that fuels division, fosters hatred, and undermines efforts towards peace and understanding.

It is particularly disheartening to see public figures and organisations participating in this event, including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, disgraced reverend Stephen Sizer, and the presence of groups like Friends of al-Aqsa, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the Muslim Association of Britain. Their endorsement of such hateful rhetoric is deeply troubling and goes against the principles of promoting tolerance and coexistence.

The NJA calls on all individuals and organisations involved to reflect on the consequences of their actions and statements, and to recognise the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding, and peaceful resolutions. The NJA urges them to engage in constructive and respectful conversations that contribute to a peaceful future for all peoples in the region.

While acknowledging the complexities around the 1948 War of Independence, the NJA notes that this Nakba commemoration is likely in contravention of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism – which was adopted by the UK government in 2016 – especially as the rhetoric expressed at this event drew analogies to the Nazis, declared Israel a racist and illegitimate endeavour, holding it to standards expected of no other democratic state, and holding Jews collectively responsible for its actions.

Antisemitism has no place in our society, and it is crucial that we all work together to combat hatred, bigotry, and discrimination in all its forms. The NJA remains committed to fostering unity, promoting understanding, and combating antisemitism through education, advocacy, and community engagement.

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