European neo-Nazis have tried to capitalize on anti-Israel sentiment
European neo-Nazis have tried to capitalize on anti-Israel sentimentReuters

One of the organizers of a neo-Nazi demonstration targeting the heart of London's Jewish community has said protesters plan to desecrate Israeli flags and Jewish holy books in solidarity with the Palestinians and against the State of Israel.

Joshua Bonehill - a fascist activist with numerous convictions for petty crime and racism - initiated the anti-Semitic campaign earlier this year, to target British Jews by holding so-called "anti-Jewification" rallies in areas of London with sizable Jewish communities. 

The campaign has since been picked up by a coalition of neo-Nazis and other far-right groups, who recently held a small protest in Stamford Hill, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of Orthodox Jews in Europe.

The anti-Semites' next target is the neighborhood of Golders Green in northwest London, at the heart of the British capital's Jewish community, with an upcoming rally scheduled for two weeks' time on July 4 - the first Shabbat of the month.

Neo-Nazis initially claimed to be protesting the Shomrim group, claiming it is a Jewish "vigilante" force - despite the fact that Shomrim are merely an unarmed neighborhood watch which works closely with the police, and has even been praised for its work by top police chiefs.

But the movement has unsurprisingly taken a more widely and aggressively anti-Semitic tone from the outset.

Writing on his website, Bonehill claimed that the Golders Green march will take that message of hate one step further.

"Not only will we be demonstrating against the undemocratic and illegal Jewish Shomrim Police on July 4th but also we will be standing in solidarity with those oppressed by the illegal state of Israel," he stated.

He urged far-right activists to bring with Israeli flags to destroy "in an act of opposition to Israel. This will be a show of solidarity by English people who recognise that Israel is a corrupt state which is responsible for horrific war crimes."

He added that to "avoid prosecution," activists would not be openly burning the flags but will "dismember them by hand."

"There will also be a private ceremony held before the demonstration at an undisclosed and private location where copies of the Talmud books will be burnt in recognition of it’s racist Anti-White teachings," he added.

London's Jewish community has mobilized to fight back against the far-right campaign, which comes as anti-Semitism in the UK and Europe is on the rise more generally - fueled mostly by Muslim extremists.

European neo-Nazi groups have increasingly embraced the "Palestinian cause" in an effort to piggyback off of popular anti-Israel sentiment, which is often used as a pretext for anti-Semitism by Islamist and far-left groups. Most notably, the Hungarian fascist Jobbik party has been vocal in its support of Palestinian Arab terrorism against the Jewish state.