We, at Harrow & Brent Palestine Solidarity Campaign, condemn the antisemitic, misogynistic and abusive language used by those in a convoy of cars last Saturday in the Finchley Road area.
The Palestinian Solidarity Movement is an anti-racist movement and we oppose all forms of racism including antisemitism.
With that said, the Palestinians are facing a violent, systemic form of racism and we will not stop campaigning until the Palestinians are able to live in complete freedom & dignity. Members and sympathisers are urged to join us along with family and friends at the National Demonstration on Saturday May 22nd. Meet at 1pm on the Victoria Embankment to march to Hyde Park.
One group is meeting at Willesden Green station at 12.30 on Saturday to travel to the demonstration and you are welcome to join them. Others are making their own way there.
Kamel Hawwash, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign has written about the Finchley Road incident in the Middle East Monitor. LINK This is part of what he said:
“As an anti-racist who is also Chair of an anti-racist solidarity organisation, I distance myself and the organisation from any attempt to blame British Jews for the actions of Israel. The latter are driven by its extreme right-wing leadership's policies and the Zionist ideology that planted Israel in my homeland Palestine, aided and abetted by Britain.
Neither I nor the PSC or our partners want racists taking part in our demonstrations and rallies. More importantly, the Palestinian people do not want the support of racists who attempt to use our cause to spew their hatred of Jews.
I was really shocked and troubled, therefore, when I saw a video shared extensively on social media on Sunday in which the flag of peace, the Palestinian flag, covered vehicles in which some anti-Semites drove through Jewish areas in London and shouted racist obscenities. This was not done in the name of the Palestinians, and I condemn it unreservedly and ask the authorities to take all measures necessary to deal with these racists.”