Al-Quds Day rally in Tehran, Iran
Al-Quds Day rally in Tehran, IranMorteza Nikoubazl via Reuters Connect

A British Jewish advocacy organization expressed outrage that yet again the Al-Quds Day rally was allowed to take place in London featuring Nazi comparisons, calls for Israel’s destruction and “disgraced speakers.”

According to Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), this year’s rally in central London on Sunday saw numerous signs and chants advocating the destruction of the Jewish State.

The Israeli flag was also burned during the hateful march.

Antisemitic signs reported by CAA included one saying “Where did all the Nazis go after WW2? Israel!!!” and another that contained a swastika next to the Israeli flag with the caption, “Same mindset! Different era!”

A protester held a sign that urged Pakistan to launch a nuclear strike against “Nazi Israel.”

There was also an attendee with a shirt that said: “The world stopped Nazism. The world stopped apartheid. The world must stop Zionism.”

The chant of “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” was also frequently seen on signs and heard at the rally. A group chant of the slogan was led by Nazim Ali, who CAA said made antisemitic statements during 2017’s rally.

Speakers included Reverand Dr. Stephen Sizer, a retired Anglican priest who in a December 2022 historic ruling was found guilty of “engaging in antisemitic activity” by a Church of England investigative panel.

Also present was former Labour Party MP Chris Williamson, a close ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn, who after he claimed the party had been "too apologetic" over a tide of antisemitism allegations against it was suspended in February 2019. Williamson has a history of inflammatory anti-Israel tweets, including writing that “Zionist teachers around the country are violating children’s rights” and that Zionism is “a racist ideology.”

CAA also pointed out that speaking at the rally was rapper Lowkey, who is notable for offensive lyrics including rapping that “nothing is more antisemitic than Zionism” and referring in his song “Long Live Palestine – Part 2 rap,” to having “globalized the intifiada.” The song also contains a claim to have “studied the Torah and learnt by their own admission Israel’s actions are not kosher in their own religion.”

CAA noted that displayed at the rally was propaganda supporting senior Iranian regime figures, including the late Qasem Soleimani, and Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.