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Statement on moved far-right rally

July 2, 2015 - Board of Deputies - Share: Twitter Facebook

The Golders Green Together campaign, led by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, London Jewish Forum and HOPE Not Hate, applauds the decision to move the far-right provocation in Golders Green has away from the area. We would like to thank the Police for all they have done to ensure the safety of local residents was prioritised and that community life in one of Britain’s most diverse areas was safeguarded.

The CST and various campaigning groups who have made representations on this matter should be praised in full, as should the voices of every local resident, every shop owner and every outraged resident that has demanded their voice be heard. Our campaign has fought to underline that community spirit and unification can undermine voices of hate and discrimination, we are delighted with this result.

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “The sad little gathering of Nazi admirers was rejected by Golders Green Together and has now been forced out of Golders Green altogether. Our community and many others stood together in unity, pride and strength and we have won.  Our Shabbat will be one of shalom, just as it always should be.”

Adrian Cohen, Chair of London Jewish Forum said: “We are delighted that common sense has prevailed and that a fringe group seeking to spread hate have been banned from demonstrating. The spirit in which the local community have coalesced around our Golders Green Together campaign has been fantastic and underlines the message that there is no place for hate in our communities.”

Golders Green Together will proceed with its decorating initiative on the 3rd of July, especially as the far-right groups are still planning to protest in Central London. We will not let those who seek to spread hate divide us, we will stand together as one community.