Thousands march against antisemitism in largest Jewish gathering in Manchester’s history

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Thousands march against antisemitism in largest Jewish gathering in Manchester’s history

MPs Tom Tugendhat and Lisa Nandy and Chief Rabbi among the speakers as 6,500 protest against rising antisemitism in the city centre

More than 6,500 Manchester Jews and their allies came together to protest the steep rise of anti-Jewish hate during the months since the terror attacks on Israel – creating the largest gathering in the community’s history.

The March Against Antisemitism was called by the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester after more than 2,000 antisemitic incidents were recorded in the UK since 7 October with individuals and property targeted across the UK.

Sunday’s event also follows an historic march against Jew-hate in London in November in what became the largest such event since the Battle of Cable Street.

Security minister Tom Tugendhat speaks at the event on Sunday

After marchers wound through way through Deansgate to the Castlefield Bowl, security minister Tom Tugendhat said: “Over the past few months, we’ve seen an unacceptable increase in antisemitic hatred an abuse. This government has zero-tolerance for antisemitism. We are working with the police to ensure that hate crime and the glorification of terror is met with the full force of the law. I am proud to stand with Jewish communities across the UK today and always.”

Lisa Nandy, the shadow international development secretary, added: “The Jewish community has been targeted by an appalling surge in hate crime over recent months. I have personally heard about Jewish people being targeted going about their daily business, in workplaces and educational settings. This is completely unacceptable and we must stand together to unequivocally condemn all forms of hate crime.”

Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis said: “Today’s march sent the strongest possible message that unity and understanding are our strongest allies against prejudice. Greater Manchester has a proud tradition of communities who are united by respect and shared values. Today, we saw people of all backgrounds come together to affirm their commitment to facing down antisemitism wherever it is found.”

The Government’s independent advisor on countering antisemitism Lord Mann acted as compere for the event, which also featured addresses from the Board of Deputies’ Marie van der Zyl, local MP Nicola Richards and Holocaust survivor Ike Alterman.

Mark Adlestone, who chairs the JRC and is a trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council, expressed his pride at the community coming together “to state loud and clear that we will not be intimidated by those who wish to do us harm. We have lived in our wonderful city for generations and will continue to be proud British Jews who proactively contribute to our society. I would also like to thank the many people from outside the Jewish community who continue to stand in solidarity with us during this time. Their support is valued and appreciated.”

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