Moment ‘despairing’ British Jew confronts pro-Palestinian supporter holding vile sign calling for Nuremberg trials for Netanyahu, Biden and Sunak – as police arrest just 18 demonstrators on day marred by anti-Semitism
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This is the moment a woman confronted a pro-Palestinian protester who likened the Prime Minister of Israel to a Nazi.
Bella Wallersteiner, 28, approached the man who was marching in London yesterday with a sign saying: ‘Nuremberg trials for Netanyahu, Biden and Sunak.’
The Nuremberg trials were the first ever war crimes tribunals and held some of the most prominent Nazis to account for World War Two atrocities including the Holocaust.
Although yesterday’s march in London was marred by anti-Semitism, the Met Police made just 18 arrests.
Ms Wallersteiner – 30 of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust – told the masked man: ‘That’s pretty poor taste, that sign. That’s really awful.
This pro-Palestinian protester likened the Prime Minister of Israel to a Nazi during a march in London yesterday
A sign held yesterday accusing the UK government of backing genocide, which includes photos of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, ex-Home Secretary Suella Braverman, PM Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer photoshopped to make it look as if they have blood on their hands
Flares are let off by protesters as others hold flags and placards during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Trafalgar Square
‘You should remove that sign, it’s anti-Semitic.
‘The Nuremberg trials were putting on trial the Nazis accused of mass murder.
‘And you think Netanyahu, Biden and Sunak are equivalent to Nazis?’
The man replied: ‘Exactly, yes.’
As she was confronting him, another man approached and said: ‘That’s a great sign mate.’
He added: ‘I think it’s completely appropriate.’
Sharing footage of the encounter on Twitter/X, Ms Wallersteiner said: ‘More Holocaust trivialisation on the streets of London. I despair.
‘Yet again, no one else standing up to this cr**.’
Replying to the tweet, Conservative peer Baroness Foster said: ‘Not remotely surprised… these protests are just an excuse for an antisemitic get together.’
MailOnline has contacted the Met Police for comment.
Sharing footage of the encounter on Twitter /X, Ms Wallersteiner said: ‘More Holocaust trivialisation on the streets of London. I despair’
Responding to footage of the confrontation, Conservative peer Baroness Foster said: ‘Not remotely surprised… these protests are just an excuse for an antisemitic get together’
More than 150,000 activists are expected to carry out three separate demonstrations as London prepares for another weekend of mass protests
Ms Wallersteiner’s experience came as thousands of pro-Palestine protesters flooded the streets of Central London today, with a variety of anti-Semitic banners and placards on display.
Many were heard chanting ‘from the river to the sea’ chant with children as young as five joining in.
‘From the river to the sea’ is considered to be highly inflammatory and some claim it’s a call for Israel to not exist with signs at the protest displaying the same phrase.
The Met Police officers made just 18 arrests after issuing a hate speech warning that saw Arabic-speaking officers deployed to watch for offensive chants and images in the crowd.
More than 1,500 officers, including hundreds from other UK police forces, were deployed to ensure the safety of protesters and the wider public.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan, who led the policing operation, said: ‘I would like to acknowledge the overwhelming majority who came into London today and exercised their right to protest lawfully.
‘Regrettably, there was still a small minority who believed the law did not apply to them.
Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters have flooded the streets of Central London shouting the controversial ‘from the river to the sea’ chant’ with children as young as five joining in (protesters in central London on Saturday)
Pro-Palestine demonstrators unfurl a giant Palestinian flag as they pass The Cenotaph decorated with poppies in Whitehall yesterday
Tens of thousands of protesters attended the march from Park Lane to Whitehall in support of Palestine
The national march, organised by the PSC, alongside Stop the War, the Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al-Aqsa and others, resumed yesterday, with organisers saying they would continue until there is a complete ceasefire
Police closed off Whitehall near Trafalgar Square as Pro-Palestine protesters gathered after an earlier march ended
‘Thanks to the efforts of our CCTV teams and other officers, a number of those are already in custody.
‘Investigations into other offences are already under way and will continue in the coming days.
‘I would also like to thank the Met officers, as well as all those from other forces who travelled long distances to help us keep London safe, for their efforts.
‘We said we would intervene decisively where offences took place and that is what they did.’
People arrested included a man wearing a green headband with Arabic writing, a woman with a sign comparing Israel’s strikes to the Holocaust and four people who were distributing literature featuring a swastika inside a Star of David.
Police distributed leaflets at the protest to warn attendees about what language and behaviour will not be tolerated.
One protester said: ‘The leaflet from the police is a waste of time. I don’t know anybody who has read it or took the slightest bit of notice’.
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