Campaign launched to protest neo-Nazi rally in London


(JTA) — Communal and religious leaders have launched a campaign against a neo-Nazi demonstration in a Jewish neighborhood of London.

On Monday, the London Jewish Forum, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the anti-fascist organization Hope Not Hate launched the Golders Green Together campaign to protest the July 4 rally against the local Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer security group, in Golders Green.

The campaign in the northern London neighborhood will hang gold-and-green banners and ribbons along its main streets to show solidarity with the Jewish community, the Guardian reported.

The New Dawn Party and other far-right groups are planning the demonstration. They do not plan on marching, and English police cannot ban “static demonstrations” due to a 1986 law.

“You are not allowed to march, but you are allowed to say these hateful things if you stand still because of some loophole? That’s a farce,” Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner told the Guardian.

Tessa Jowell, a contender to be the Labor Party candidate for London mayor in 2016, wrote an Op-Ed slamming the protest in the UK Jewish News, and a petition condemning the rally has garnered over 11,000 signatures.

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