Campaign Against Antisemitism today held the #TogetherAgainstAntisemitism national rally in Parliament Square. Stewards put the final attendance number at 3,200 people.
The rally called for Jews and non-Jews alike to stand together against antisemitism at a time when the Jewish community has been shaken by antisemitism in public life and mounting hate crime.
Speakers included barrister and television personality Robert Rinder, actress and writer Tracy Ann Oberman, and historian, biographer and broadcaster Tom Holland, as well as Trupti Patel, President of the Hindu Forum of Britain and Fiyaz Mughal OBE, founder of Muslims Against Antisemitism.
The crowd heard powerful messages from the speakers.
Robert Rinder said that attendance at the rally was vital: “The question is not how I could be here, it’s how we could not be here today.” His sentiment was echoed by Fiyaz Mughal OBE, who said: “Britain is not Britain without Jews.”
Tracy Ann Oberman decried the state of antisemitism in Britain, warning: “Rabbis beaten up in the streets, people abused on the Tube, Nazi tropes at Glastonbury, antisemitic murals approved by politicians, Holocaust denial. How did it come to this?…It has never been more important for us all to stand up to racism.”
Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Today we here in this square stand before the Mother of Parliaments in the country of the Magna Carta. The country that stood alone as a light in Europe as the hatred of Nazi Germany enveloped the continent. We stand here to say that Britain is better than this. We stand here to ask all of the people of our country to stand with us.”