Jewish community stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter at Hampstead Garden Suburb protest
- Credit: Emily Otvos
More than 150 British Jews protested in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on Sunday in Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Drivers honked in support as they passed the socially distanced demonstration at the busy junction of Market Place on the A1.
The protest was attended by families, politicians and religious leaders including Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism Laura Janner-Klausner, and former Labour MP Luciana Berger.
Organisers Rebecca Moss and Rachel Rose said in a statement: “It is important in the Jewish community for us to stand up and show our support for Black Lives Matter and to stand in solidarity with Black British communities and with Black Jews in particular, as well as other Jews of colour.
“We are glad to have seen so many people from different backgrounds and of varying ages, and it’s important that many could attend their first protest in such a supportive atmosphere.
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“This cannot be the end of the essential conversation and action in our communities and in British society at large.”
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Demonstrators’ placards referenced Jewish texts, ranging from Torah to Pirkei Avot and the Talmud.
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Cllr Sara Conway (Lab, Burnt Oak) said: “Thanks to all the young Jewish organisers of the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest.
“It was great to stand with them against anti-black racism and to hear the support from so many passing drivers.
“I also welcome their calls for justice for those affected by the Grenfell fire and the Windrush scandal.”