NJA Expresses Outrage at Planned Protest Against “SuperNova” Screening

The National Jewish Assembly expresses profound outrage and concern regarding the planned protest at the Phoenix Cinema in Finchley on Thursday, 23rd May, at 7 pm. This protest coincides with the screening of “SuperNova,” a documentary detailing the horrific events of October 7th in southern Israel.

In 2023 alone, there have been over 4,500 recorded instances of anti-Jewish hate crimes across the UK, as reported by the Community Security Trust (CST). This alarming figure represents a 147% increase from the previous year and is 81% higher than the previous record set in 2021. Notably, more than two-thirds of these incidents occurred after the October 7th terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel, with 416 incidents recorded in the week immediately following the attack.

The Jewish community in North London has historically lived in peace and harmony with its neighbours. However, the planned protest poses a direct threat to the safety and tranquillity of our community. The presence of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel protesters during the screening of such a sensitive documentary is likely to lead to provocations and potentially violent confrontations.

The NJA urgently calls upon the relevant authorities to take immediate and decisive action to prevent this protest. The National Jewish Assembly stands in solidarity with the petition to stop the protest, recognising the paramount importance of our community’s safety and well-being.

It is unacceptable that, in 2024, members of the Jewish community are advised by the Metropolitan Police to conceal their Jewish identity for fear of attack. This intolerable situation underscores the urgent need for protective measures to ensure that our community can live freely and safely, especially during communal activities and religious observances.

While the NJA upholds the right to freedom of speech, this must be balanced against the right of our community to live in safety and peace. The NJA respectfully urges the authorities to relocate this protest to a different venue, far from our peaceful neighbourhood, to avoid unnecessary tensions and potential violence.

The NJA trusts in the authorities to act swiftly to safeguard the Jewish community of North London.

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