NJA Condemns Historically Revisionist Quds Day Rally in London as a Platform for Antisemitism and Hate

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) vehemently condemns the forthcoming Quds Day Rally scheduled for Friday, 5th April, outside the Home Office in Westminster. This event, claiming to promote solidarity, instead serves as a conduit for historically revisionist narratives that fuel antisemitism, hate against Israel, and legitimise violence against Jewish communities globally.

Organised annually, this year’s rally intends to gather participants at the Home Office before marching towards Downing Street, promising to disrupt peace and everyday life in the heart of London during a crucial working day. Such a deliberate choice of time and place is not only inconsiderate to the residents and workers of London but also emblematic of the disruptive nature of the Islamist ideology promoted by the event organisers.

The NJA wishes to highlight alarming insights from the Henry Jackson Society’s 2019 report detailing the concerning connections of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), the organiser of the Quds Day Rally, with extremist ideologies and entities. The report unveils instances of extreme antisemitism, including disturbing pronouncements by IHRC’s Chairman advocating for the elimination of Zionists. Moreover, IHRC Director Nazim Ali’s reprehensible antisemitic remarks at a previous Al-Quds Day rally have faced legal scrutiny. His baseless assertions that Zionists are genetically predisposed to occupy and his denigration of European Jews as “alleged” and “imposters” are not only historically inaccurate but dangerously incite hatred.

Further, the IHRC’s unsettling access to the corridors of power within the British establishment is laid bare. Despite its controversial stance and activities, the IHRC has enjoyed ‘Special Consultative Status’ with the United Nations and has been granted top-tier status as “regulated immigration advisers” by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner in the UK. This provides them significant influence, which is deeply concerning given their promotion of divisive and hate-filled rhetoric.

Alarmingly, the IHRC’s ties extend into academic and policy-making circles within the UK, with connections to individuals and initiatives that have significant bearing on the country’s approach to combating extremism and fostering community relations. This includes involvement with the co-author of the proposed ‘Islamophobia’ definition rejected by the Government, signalling a disturbing penetration of extremist ideologies into mainstream discourse under the guise of advocacy and rights.

The NJA asserts that the Quds Day Rally, under the stewardship of the IHRC, advances a fake and dangerous narrative that not only seeks to justify violence against Jews and Israel but also fundamentally undermines the principles of tolerance, coexistence, and respect for human rights. Such events, which masquerade as legitimate political protest, in reality, give oxygen to virulent antisemites and Israel haters, emboldening them to spread their poisonous ideologies unchallenged.

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