Kippah-wearing pedestrian targeted with ‘antisemitism’ by Palestine convoy

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Kippah-wearing pedestrian targeted with ‘antisemitism’ by Palestine convoy

Philip Rosenberg said one person in a car 'shouted ‘Free Palestine’ and another blew a horn at him while he walked along Finchley Road on Shabbat

This convoy of cars was filmed on the Finchley Road in mid May
This convoy of cars was filmed on the Finchley Road in mid May

A pedestrian wearing a kippah was targeted with antisemitic abuse on Saturday evening by members of the convoy for Palestine.

Anti-Israel demonstrators drove to London from Bradford to join a protest in London on the weekend, amid an appeal from convoy’s organisers for participants not to engage in antisemitism.

Philip Rosenberg said on Twitter: “I walked down Finchley Road today wearing my kippa (Jewish skullcap) & one member of #Convoy4Palestine shouted ‘Free Palestine’ at me & another blew a horn at me. You are entitled to demonstrate for your cause but not to do so at people who are visibly Jewish. That is antisemitism.”

Rosenberg,  chair of the Camden Faith Leaders’ Forum and Board of Deputies’ director of public affairs, said he reported it to the Community Security Trust and police.

A spokesperson for CST said: “This is yet another disgraceful incident of verbal abuse directed at Jewish people simply because they are Jewish, all in the name of ‘Free Palestine’.”

Phil Rosenberg

This comes after cars drove through Finchley Road in mid-May shouting sick racist abuse, including “F*** the Jews, rape their daughters”, for which four were arrested.

The antisemitism was widely condemned, and the convoy’s organisers said they “gladly helped the police in their investigations” and have “no hatred against the Jewish community”.

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