Chipping Barnet MP attends protest against antisemitism

Theresa Villiers attended the march through central London in support of the Jewish community

Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers

The MP for Chipping Barnet joined tens of thousands of people in attending a march through central London to protest against antisemitism yesterday. 

Theresa Villiers joined the march, organised by the charity Campaign Against Antisemitism, alongside Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, security minister, Tom Tugenhat and celebrities including Vanessa Feltz, Robert Rinder, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Elliot Levey and Maureen Lipman.

The march – which started outside the Royal Courts of Justice before ending up outside parliament for speeches – was prompted by the significant increase in antisemitic hate crime following the conflict in Israel and Gaza. 

Last month, the Metropolitan Police reported a 1350% increase in antisemitic attacks on Jewish people in the capital between 1st and 18th October compared to the same period last year. 

Speaking at the march, Theresa Villiers said “I am horrified by the increase in antisemitic incidents since the vile terror attacks by Hamas in October. This is completely unacceptable in a civilised society. In Parliament I have urged police to use the full force of the law against anyone committing these hate crimes.”

“I welcome the opportunity to show my visible support for the Jewish community at this protest. I am here to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my Jewish constituents. I also reiterate my strong support for the right of Israel to defend its citizens from terrorist attack, including military intervention to remove the capacity of Hamas to repeat the atrocities it perpetrated on 7th October.”

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