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Pro-Palestine protesters in London wave signs saying ‘Stop doing what Hitler did to you’

MPs and campaigners have condemned pro-Palestine protesters for waving signs referring to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust during protests against Israeli actions in the Middle East. 

One man standing in Trafalgar Square yesterday held a Palestinian flag with a placard reading, ‘Stop doing what Hitler did to you’, while a poster held by a woman read, ‘Israel, the new Nazi state’. 

Another sign in London referred to ‘Holocaust Part 2’ and another – referring to Israel’s Prime Minister – read ‘Netanyahu surpasses Hitler in barbarism’. 

Responding to the signs, Lord Mann, the government’s anti-Semitism tsar, told the Sunday Times: ‘The disgusting racist abuse against Jewish people on the streets of London requires an effective and strong response by all politicians and will be treated with contempt by all decent citizens.’

Meanwhile, the Campaign Against Antisemitism spoke of ‘yet another antisemitism-infested rally’ and said Jews had been threatened with ‘rape and murder’ in recent weeks.

MPs and campaigners have condemned pro-Palestine protesters for waving signs referring to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust during protests against Israeli actions in the Middle East

MPs and campaigners have condemned pro-Palestine protesters for waving signs referring to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust during protests against Israeli actions in the Middle East

One man standing in Trafalgar Square yesterday held a Palestinian flag with a placard reading, 'Stop doing what Hitler did to you'

Another poster read 'One Holocaust does not justify another'

One man standing in Trafalgar Square yesterday held a Palestinian flag with a placard reading, ‘Stop doing what Hitler did to you’, while another poster read ‘One Holocaust does not justify another’ 

Pro-Palestine activists have burned Israeli flags (pictured) outside the nation's embassy in the capital, as London faces consecutive weekends of anti-Israel protests

Pro-Palestine activists have burned Israeli flags (pictured) outside the nation’s embassy in the capital, as London faces consecutive weekends of anti-Israel protests

It came as Pro-Palestine activists burned Israeli flags outside the nation’s embassy in the capital, as London saw a consecutive weekends of anti-Israel protests. 

Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in central London for a second weekend in a row as they called for an ‘urgent’ resolution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

Cars were smashed up by protesters, with pictures showing a traffic cone shoved through the rear window of one parked vehicle surrounded by activists waving Palestinian flags.

Loud chants of ‘Israel is a terrorist state’ could be heard as the activists weaved their way through the capital, setting off flares and blocking traffic in the process. 

The large group, situated close to Victoria Embankment, stretched across the surrounding roads as dozens of police officers watched on.

Demonstrators could be seen wearing costumes, masks and face paint, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag.

Some protesters used nearby Whitehall Gardens as an area to pray, as the crowd continued to chant and let off green flares.

It comes as Egyptian mediators held talks to firm up the Israel-Hamas ceasefire as Palestinians in Gaza Strip began to assess the damage from 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment.

The talks after a 130-truck convoy carrying urgently needed aid headed to Gaza. Saturday marked the first full day of a truce that ended the fourth Israel-Hamas war in just over a decade.

Cars were smashed up by protesters, with pictures showing a traffic cone shoved through the rear window of one parked vehicle surrounded by activists waving Palestinian flags

Cars were smashed up by protesters, with pictures showing a traffic cone shoved through the rear window of one parked vehicle surrounded by activists waving Palestinian flags

A demonstrator is seen with a cone shoved in the rear windscreen of a car. Activists were seen jumping on the vehicle in Kensington

A demonstrator is seen with a cone shoved in the rear windscreen of a car. Activists were seen jumping on the vehicle in Kensington

A protester with a Palestinian flag climbs a pole in Kensington, central London, during the demonstrations today

A protester with a Palestinian flag climbs a pole in Kensington, central London, during the demonstrations today

Shocking footage showed protesters jumping on and kicking a parked car in Kensington as the demonstrations continued

Police rushed over to stop the violence

Shocking footage showed protesters jumping on and kicking a parked car in Kensington as the demonstrations continued

A Police officer speaks to a demonstrator during a pro-Palestinian protest outside the Israeli Embassy

A Police officer speaks to a demonstrator during a pro-Palestinian protest outside the Israeli Embassy

Protesters walk past a London bus in Kensington, central London, after a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Flares were set off

Protesters walk past a London bus in Kensington, central London, after a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Flares were set off

A protester sets off a smoke flare as tens of thousands march in central London during a demonstration in support of Palestine

A protester sets off a smoke flare as tens of thousands march in central London during a demonstration in support of Palestine

Police and protesters near to the Israeli embassy in Kensington, central London, after a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine

Police and protesters near to the Israeli embassy in Kensington, central London, after a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine

Demonstrators beam as they burn an Israeli flag during a pro-Palestinian protest in London today

Demonstrators beam as they burn an Israeli flag during a pro-Palestinian protest in London today

Thousands of protesters have gathered in central London for a second weekend in a row as they called for an 'urgent' resolution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict

Thousands of protesters have gathered in central London for a second weekend in a row as they called for an ‘urgent’ resolution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict

Met police officers line the streets as thousands of protesters took the streets of London in support of the Palestinian people

Met police officers line the streets as thousands of protesters took the streets of London in support of the Palestinian people

Unmasked protestors set fire to an Israeli flag outside of the country's embassy in South Kensington, in London

Unmasked protestors set fire to an Israeli flag outside of the country’s embassy in South Kensington, in London

Demonstrators march past a car which has had the rear windscreen smashed with a traffic cone in Kensington High Street

Demonstrators march past a car which has had the rear windscreen smashed with a traffic cone in Kensington High Street

A pro-Palestine activist holds a placards opposite the London Eye as they march in central London on Saturday afternoon

A pro-Palestine activist holds a placards opposite the London Eye as they march in central London on Saturday afternoon

A passionate protester speaks into a megaphone as tens of thousands of people gathered in central London as part of a pro-Palestinian movement

A passionate protester speaks into a megaphone as tens of thousands of people gathered in central London as part of a pro-Palestinian movement

In London people waved Palestinian flags, held banners and chanted as they began their march towards Hyde Park. Protesters held banners and placards bearing messages reading ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Stop the war’.

They could be heard loudly chanting ‘Free free Palestine’ and ‘Israel is a terrorist state’. The National Education Union, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop The War Coalition were all present. 

A small group of unmasked protestors set an Israeli flag alight at the country’s embassy, while others tried smashing up cars as police officers chased them off in High Street Kensington. 

Armed with flares and chanting, one man triumphantly holds the burned flag aloft as video footage of the event was shared online.

Another group of people turned to vandalising vehicles after the rear window of a car was smashed by someone throwing a traffic cone in High Street Kensington this evening. 

Protester Muktha Ali, 32, from Harrow, north-west London, said: ‘I’m here because this is now urgent, the Israeli occupation needs to end now, it’s been long enough.’

He added: ‘Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children have been bombed and murdered, Palestine has to be free.’

Pro-Palestine demonstrators hold placards as the march to Parliament Square in central London on Saturday afternoon

Pro-Palestine demonstrators hold placards as the march to Parliament Square in central London on Saturday afternoon

The large group, situated close to Victoria Embankment, stretched across the surrounding roads, with traffic blocked off from several directions as dozens of police officers watched on

The large group, situated close to Victoria Embankment, stretched across the surrounding roads, with traffic blocked off from several directions as dozens of police officers watched on

Demonstrators could be seen wearing costumes, masks and face paint, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag

Demonstrators could be seen wearing costumes, masks and face paint, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag

Demonstrators hold up placards with messages critical of Israel as activists marched from Embankment to Hyde Park in solidarity with Palestine

Demonstrators hold up placards with messages critical of Israel as activists marched from Embankment to Hyde Park in solidarity with Palestine 

Some protesters used nearby Whitehall Gardens as an area to pray, as the crowd continued to chant and let off green flares

Some protesters used nearby Whitehall Gardens as an area to pray, as the crowd continued to chant and let off green flares

Pro-Palestine demonstrators hold placards as they stand on a statue of Samuel Plimsoll in central London on Saturday afternoon

Pro-Palestine demonstrators hold placards as they stand on a statue of Samuel Plimsoll in central London on Saturday afternoon

 In the Middle East fighting, Israel unleashed hundreds of air strikes against militant targets in Gaza, while Hamas and other militants fired more than 4,000 rockets towards Israel. Over 250 people have died – mostly Palestinians.

Gaza City’s busiest commercial area, Omar al-Mukhtar Street, was covered in debris, smashed cars and twisted metal after a 13-floor building in its centre was flattened in an Israeli air strike.

Merchandise was covered in soot and strewn inside smashed stores and on the pavement. Municipal workers are removing broken glass and twisted metal from streets and pavements.

‘We really didn’t expect this amount of damage,’ said Ashour Subeih, who sells baby clothes. We thought the strike was a bit further from us. But as you can see, not an area of the shop is intact.’

In London people waved Palestinian flags, held banners and chanted as they began their march towards Hyde Park. Protesters held banners and placards bearing messages reading 'Free Palestine' and 'Stop the war'

In London people waved Palestinian flags, held banners and chanted as they began their march towards Hyde Park. Protesters held banners and placards bearing messages reading ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Stop the war’

They could be heard loudly chanting 'Free free Palestine' and 'Israel is a terrorist state'. The National Education Union, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop The War Coalition were all present

They could be heard loudly chanting ‘Free free Palestine’ and ‘Israel is a terrorist state’. The National Education Union, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop The War Coalition were all present

Protester Muktha Ali, 32, from Harrow, north-west London, said: 'I'm here because this is now urgent, the Israeli occupation needs to end now, it's been long enough'

Protester Muktha Ali, 32, from Harrow, north-west London, said: ‘I’m here because this is now urgent, the Israeli occupation needs to end now, it’s been long enough’

Mr Ali added: He added: 'Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children have been bombed and murdered, Palestine has to be free'

Mr Ali added: He added: ‘Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children have been bombed and murdered, Palestine has to be free’

Supporters of Palestine attend a demonstration in central London. Ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip was announced yesterday

Supporters of Palestine attend a demonstration in central London. Ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip was announced yesterday

A protester stands atop one of the four Landseer Lions in Trafalgar Square, central London, on Saturday afternoon as a banner is placed on the monument

A protester stands atop one of the four Landseer Lions in Trafalgar Square, central London, on Saturday afternoon as a banner is placed on the monument

Having been in business for one year, Mr Subeih estimated his losses were double what he has made so far.

Both Israel and Hamas have claimed victory. There is a widespread expectation that the ceasefire will remain intact for now, but that another round of fighting at some point seems inevitable.

Underlying issues remain unresolved, including an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade, now in its 14th year, that is choking Gaza’s more than two million residents and a refusal by the Islamic militant Hamas to disarm.

The fighting began May 10, when Hamas militants in Gaza fired long-range rockets toward Jerusalem.

The barrage came after days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Heavy-handed police tactics at the compound and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers had inflamed tensions.

The war has further sidelined Hamas’ main political rival, the internationally backed Palestinian Authority, which oversees autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

It appears that Hamas increasingly positioned itself as a defender of Jerusalem in Palestinian public opinion.

Protesters at Embankment Station in central London take part in a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine

Protesters at Embankment Station in central London take part in a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine

Protesters in central London this afternoon hold up banners as they take part in another huge rally of solidarity with the Middle Eastern country

Protesters in central London this afternoon hold up banners as they take part in another huge rally of solidarity with the Middle Eastern country

Peter Tatchell joins protesters in Whitehall, central London, during a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine

Peter Tatchell joins protesters in Whitehall, central London, during a march in solidarity with the people of Palestine

Supporters of Palestine sand on top of monuments in Trafalgar Square as they attend a demonstration in central London

Supporters of Palestine sand on top of monuments in Trafalgar Square as they attend a demonstration in central London

On Friday, hours after the ceasefire took effect, thousands of Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa compound chanted against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his self-rule government. Pictured: London today

On Friday, hours after the ceasefire took effect, thousands of Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa compound chanted against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his self-rule government. Pictured: London today

Despite his weakened status, Mr Abbas will be the point of contact for any renewed US diplomacy, since Israel and the west, including the United States, consider Hamas to be a terrorist organisation. Pictured: London today

Despite his weakened status, Mr Abbas will be the point of contact for any renewed US diplomacy, since Israel and the west, including the United States, consider Hamas to be a terrorist organisation. Pictured: London today

Protesters in central London hold up banners during their march in solidarity with the people of Palestine on Saturday afternoon

Protesters in central London hold up banners during their march in solidarity with the people of Palestine on Saturday afternoon

On Friday, hours after the ceasefire took effect, thousands of Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa compound chanted against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his self-rule government.

‘Dogs of the Palestinian Authority, out, out,’ they shouted, and ‘The people want the president to leave.’ It was an unprecedented display of anger against Mr Abbas.

The conflict also brought to the surface deep frustration among Palestinians, whether in the occupied West Bank, Gaza or within Israel, over the status quo, with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process all but abandoned for years.

Despite his weakened status, Mr Abbas will be the point of contact for any renewed US diplomacy, since Israel and the west, including the United States, consider Hamas to be a terrorist organisation.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken is to meet with Mr Abbas and Israeli leaders when he visits in the coming week.

Mr Abbas is expected to raise demands that any Gaza reconstruction plans go through the Palestinian Authority to avoid strengthening Hamas.

Meanwhile, two teams of Egyptian mediators are in Israel and the Palestinian territories to continue talks on firming up a ceasefire deal – and securing a long-term calm, a diplomat has revealed.

On Friday, hours after the ceasefire took effect, thousands of Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa compound chanted against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his self-rule government (pictured, Gaza)

On Friday, hours after the ceasefire took effect, thousands of Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa compound chanted against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his self-rule government (pictured, Gaza)

A Palestinian family have their breakfast near their destroyed house, hit by Israeli bombing in Gaza City

A Palestinian family have their breakfast near their destroyed house, hit by Israeli bombing in Gaza City

Palestinians sit among the rubble of their destroyed homes after the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip

Palestinians sit among the rubble of their destroyed homes after the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip

Bags of foodstuffs provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) are loaded into the back of a vehicle as Palestinians collect food aid

Bags of foodstuffs provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) are loaded into the back of a vehicle as Palestinians collect food aid

He said discussions include implementing agreed-on measures in Gaza and Jerusalem, including ways to prevent practices that led to the latest fighting.

Although he did not elaborate, the diplomat was apparently referring to violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the planned eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah area in east Jerusalem.

Separately, Egypt said it would send a 130-truck convoy carrying humanitarian aid and medical supplies to Gaza. The convoy is expected to enter Gaza on Saturday.

The bombardment struck a blow to the already decrepit infrastructure in the small coastal territory, home to more than two million Palestinians. It flattened high-rises and houses, tore up roads and wrecked water systems.

At least 30 health facilities were damaged, forcing a halt to coronavirus testing in the territory.

The Gaza health ministry said at least 243 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children, with 1,910 people wounded.

It does not differentiate between fighters and civilians. Twelve people were killed in Israel, all but one of them civilians, including a five-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.

Israel has accused Hamas and the smaller militant group of Islamic Jihad of hiding the actual number of fighters killed in the war. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said more than 200 militants were killed, including 25 senior commanders.

Islamic Jihad gave its first account of deaths within its ranks, saying that 19 of its commanders and fighters were killed, including the head of the rocket unit in northern Gaza.


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