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Hamas and Hezbollah Flags on London Streets?
By Elliot Friedland
The annual Al Quds day parade in London, which marches against the State of Israel, will go ahead this year despite a campaign mounted against it. In previous years demonstrators have waved Hamas and Hezbollah flags at the march. Last year there were even placards saying “We Are All Hezbollah.”
Hezbollah is an Iranian backed Lebanese militia group founded to fight Israel during the Lebanese civil war but now fighting on the regime side in the Syrian Civil War. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian affiliate and is now the governing body of the Gaza strip.
Both organizations are listed as terrorist organizations in the UK, however the political wing of Hezbollah is not listed as a terrorist organization.
“We have long argued that it is deeply unacceptable for Hezbollah flags to be flown here in the UK, especially on this annual outpouring of hatred” a spokesman for the Jewish security organization the Community Service Trust (CST) said.
“Hezbollah itself makes no distinction between its political and military wings and the flag includes an assault rifle, so there is no mistaking what is going on here.”
Al Quds day was instituted by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to be held annually on the last Friday of Ramadan. It is intended as a day of opposition to the existence of Israel and Israeli control over Jerusalem. It is held around the world at the behest of Iran.
London’s parade is organized by the extremist-linked Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), as it has been in previous years. In 2015, the IHRC previously awarded Charlie Hebdo the “Islamophobe of the Year” award, for the cartoons which led to nine of its staff being murdered by jihadists, along with two police officers and a maintenance worker.
According to the website, the London march will take place on June 18 and “people from all over the country will be uniting for the freedom of the oppressed in Palestine and beyond.”