On Sunday, thousands of individuals, among them former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, assembled in London for a demonstration against antisemitism. The event came on the heels of a sizable turnout at a pro-Hamas rally the day before.
Johnson was accompanied by Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, where the two men joined large crowds to express solidarity with the country’s Jewish community.
The organizers reportedly promoted the event as the largest protest against antisemitism since 1936 when people blocked a planned march through a Jewish neighborhood by the British Union of Fascists.
Following weeks of anti-Israel demonstrations throughout the city, Gideon Falter, the CEO of the British Campaign Against Antisemitism, told the Associated Press that the rally occurred at a time when parts of the capital had become a “no-go zone for Jews.”
Falter additionally told the AP that antisemitic incidents throughout Great Britian have increased significantly since the Oct. 7 rampage by terrorists from Gaza.