A tiny group of neo Nazis aim to hold a provocative show of hate in Golders Green, a part of London well known for the Jewish community’s longstanding roots locally.
Unite Against Fascism will join with people from across the area on the day to show the community will not tolerate such race hate. Demonstrate at 12 noon on Saturday 4 July, opposite Golders Green Tube Station.
UAF has launched a Unity Statement, which has attracted wide support from National and local Trade Unionists, Jewish anti fascists and those in the arts:
It is an appalling provocation by a tiny group of British neo Nazis who have announced an anti Semitic demonstration, in London, on July 4th. That it is proposed to be in Golders Green, an area, of course, where many Jews have long resided, among London’s multicultural communities, is doubly insulting, to all, Jewish and non Jewish.
The choice of the Jewish Sabbath is a particular insult to observant members of the Jewish community.
This is the second time Nazis have called a recent mobilisation against the Jewish community.
However, their demonstration in Hackney could only get around 24 fascists including the long time fascist, ex National Front leader, Martin Webster. Fortunately, local anti fascists resolutely opposed the Nazis. The Clapton Nazi event in April, was opposed by hundreds from the diverse area, that is East London. They did not pass, and nor should there be any platform again, for these little Hitlers.
This sickening, fascist move is particularly repellent in the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The fascists will be opposed by all who detest their poison. Quite rightly, Jewish groups, including the Board of Deputies of British Jews, have condemned what is totally unacceptable. This is not solely a matter for Jewish people but for all who believe in democracy, freedom of faith, and oppose Nazism.
It is essential to say ‘the Jewish community has every right to express its opposition to this demonstration’. In a climate of Islamophobia and anti Semitism across Europe with the likes of the Front National, Jobbik and Golden Dawn, pushing such filth, we need unity.
Webster and Griffin were defeated by mass movements against their filth. We need a big protest to show that Nazism is rejected by the vast majority. The EDL have been severely weakened by community mobilisations and the active support of trade unionists, and those of faith. UAF calls for all anti fascists to stop the new Nazis getting a toehold in London.
We ask you to sign this statement, and publicise it/ the anti fascist demonstration, on July 4th, in your school, college, work place, faith group, community. Send signatures to firstname.lastname@example.org with Name-Trade Union-Workplace-Faith Group etc.
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Diane Abbott MP
Edie Friedman – Jewish Council for Racial Equality
Julie Hesmondhalgh – Actress
Francesa Martinez – Comedian, Writer, Actress
Mark Serwotka – PCS Union General Secretary
Dave Ward – CWU General Secretary
Len McCluskey – Unite the Union General Secretary
Kevin Courtney -NUT Union Deputy General Secretary
Alex Kenny – NUT NEC
Tony Kearns – Senior Deputy General Secretary – CWU Union
Michael Rosen- Poet/Author
Chris Keates – NASUWT Gen Secretary
Julia Bard, National Committee, Jewish Socialists’ Group.
David Rosenberg, author of “Battle for the East End: Jewish responses to fascism in the 1930s”
Max Levitas – Cable Street veteran
Weyman Bennett – UAF Joint Secretary
Sabby Dhalu – UAF Joint Secretary
Patrick Hunter – Barnet TUC Secretary
Helen Davies – BARNET Unison – Barnet TUC (PC)
John Burgess – Barnet Unison Branch Secretary
Lindsey German – Stop the War Convenor
Sam Fairbairn – People’s Assembly
Shakira Martin – National Union of Students (NUS) Vice President – FE
Aaron Kiely – NUS NEC
Paul Mackney – Greek Solidarity Campaign
Gerry Gable – Searchlight Magazine Editor/ Publisher