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An Unholy Alliance: English Defence League and the Tea Party Movement

24/10/2010

The extreme far right group known as the English Defence League (EDL) held a pro Israel rally outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington. Police and journalist were left waiting for hours as the shambolic organization saw the rally pushed back from the scheduled time of 10.30 to 1.30. After enjoying a boozy lunch at the local pub nearby EDL finally made a boisterous appearance complete with waves of anti Muslim placards, American and Israeli flags. Bemused cameramen were at times prevented from taking photographs, some members were aggressively camera shy while others relished the limelight and flashed toothless grins at the cameras.

Better late than never....but some members still haven't finished their beer

According to EDL spokesperson, Tommy Robinson, 27, the rally was held at the request of Rabbi Nachum Shifren from the US. “He hears the message we are trying to portray, to make a stand against Islamo- Fascism. He said he was coming over. Today we are demonstrating to show support for Israel’s right to exist.”

Rabbi Shifren is a regular speaker at Tea Party Conventions in the US. To thunderous applause he took to the centre stage at the EDL rally. Starting his speech in Hebrew muted the jubilant crowd into starring at him with perplexed, vacant expressions. The showman in him re-gained their attention by spewing forth virulent anti-Muslims sentiments, this time in plain English. He praised EDL as visionaries. “When your kids open the history books in the future, it will say the fight to regain England was started by you! We shall prevail, will not let them take over our countries!’ he shouted to the crowd.

Shifren also stressed the need to support Israel, “if Israel falls, we all fall” he warned, but his message of Jewish solidarity with EDL was undermined by the members of Jewish Socialist Group who organized a counter rally with only a line of policemen to separate the two.

The Jewish Socialist Group in front of the 'Unite Against Fascism' banner.

“There are very few Jews, whatever their feelings for Israel, who supports the EDL. Those people don’t represent us. Today the EDL’s target are the Muslims, tomorrow it will be others groups, the day after it will be the Jewish community themselves and those fools (Jews on the opposite side) who are under the flag of the EDL today will realize who the real enemy is, we just hope it won’t be too late. They are collaborating with Nazis, that’s what the EDL are’, said David Landau, speaking on behalf of the Jewish Socialist Group.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 24/10/2010 10:01 pm

    nice stuff *toothless grin*

  2. 25/10/2010 12:17 pm

    hehe, ditto to what nishit said! 😀
    well done Laila! very nice photos too! 🙂

  3. 25/10/2010 5:46 pm

    Thanks Carmen

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