Tuesday, 30 June 2015

'They Shall Not Pass' - Green statement on neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green on Saturday

Barnet Green Party have issued the following statement about the neo-Nazi demonstration due to take place in Golders Green on Saturday.

We at Barnet Green Party are shocked and appalled that a small group of neo-Nazis have called an anti-Semitic demonstration in Golders Green on Saturday 4th July 2015.

This is an act of deliberate provocation against the Jewish community who have lived in - and provided an important contribution to - both the local area and the British way of life since their arrival along with the Normans in 1070. It is particularly repugnant in the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

This is not solely a matter for Jewish people but for all who believe in democracy, tolerance, freedom of faith, and who oppose Nazism. In a climate of growing anti-Semitism across Europe, we urge all communities to come together to roundly oppose their presence.

For this reason Barnet Green Party and our members - many of whom are Jewish - will be among those joining the counter-protests next weekend, including Adele Ward, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green in the general election.

Adele said: “It's completely unacceptable that a neo-Nazi demonstration is being permitted in Golders Green, where many have been affected by the suffering of the Holocaust, and where it will be particularly frightening for children. Although freedom of expression is important, there is a point where it becomes incitement to hatred and this demonstration crosses that line. The government should have banned this from happening in Golders Green.”

We stand with the Jewish community at this time and reiterate our opposition to all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and oppression. We will meet at midday outside Golders Green tube station so do join us.

We are reminded of the slogan used by British anti-fascists who came out onto the streets to successfully prevent Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists from marching through the East End of London in a similar act of intimidation against its Jewish community in 1936.

“They shall not pass.”


Adele Ward said...

We were pleased today to hear that the counter protestors, from a number of groups, have had an early victory as the event has now been banned from Golders Green and police have made it clear that this is due to the counter-protest that has built up over 1,000 who want to attend. The counter-protest will now move to Whitehall from 1-2pm on July 4th, where the neo-Nazi rally has been allocated an hour slot.

Anonymous said...

Why have they not be banned and found guilty of inciting racial hatred.
Why isn't the government giving police the powers to arrest all demonstrating?
Why are we giving them airtime to promote their vile propaganda?
Pond life doesn't cover it. Free Speech is a joke! when applied to this organisation.