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A controversial neo-Nazi rally timed for Shabbat this Saturday in Golders Green, the center of the Jewish community in London, will be barred by police according to the Campaign Against anti-Semitism.

While police will be unable to ban the rally outright, the organization announced that police have imposed conditions meaning the rally will not be held in Golders Green.

Instead, the demonstration will be moved to central London, far from the Jewish community, and will be restricted to one hour only in a specially cordoned-off area, after which it will be dispersed by police.

"Today’s decision by the Metropolitan Police Service is a victory for British values and we applaud their firm defense of our community. This vindicates our policy of confronting anti-Semitism wherever it rears its head," said Gideon Falter, Chairman of the Campaign Against anti-Semitism.

Falter pointed out that "this neo-Nazi demonstration was an attempt to intimidate the largest Jewish community the UK on the Jewish Sabbath in the heart of Golders Green, on the very memorial to those who lost their lives fighting Nazis."

"We believe that ‘never again’ is a call to action from our history, which is why we called thousands  of Jews and non-Jews to stand together against this disgrace in dignified defiance, unity and pride."

The Community Security Trust (CST), another anti-Semitism watchdog, similarly hailed the move as a victory for the Jewish community.

"This will allow Jewish residents of Golders Green and the surrounding area to observe their Shabbat with integrity and dignity; and sends a strong message of support for British Jews at a time when fears of antisemitism remain high," the CST said in a statement.

"The neo-Nazis had sought to protest in Golders Green, as they have previously done in Stamford Hill, and as they plan to do in other areas with notable Jewish communities. We will not sit idly by when anti-Semitic neo-Nazis choose to spend their Saturday afternoons agitating against Jews in various areas of North London," the statement continued.

The CST further emphasized that freedom of speech should not apply to hate speech and incitement. 

"There will, no doubt, be those who argue that the Nazi demonstration should have been allowed to occur in the physical and symbolic heart of British Jewry. CST understands this position, as freedom of speech and assembly are fundamental human rights.

"It is, nevertheless, surely correct that hate speech and racism are legislated against: and, if those principles are to apply anywhere, then it must surely include when neo-Nazis try to demonstrate in Golders Green."

Neo-Nazis announced they planned to desecrate Israeli flags and Jewish holy books in solidarity with the Palestinian Arabs and against the State of Israel during the rally.

They also have invited far-left politician George Galloway, who has been highly supportive of Hamas and is known for his anti-Semitic invective, though he is not believed to have accepted the invitation.