EDL Trio Charged.
Violence and the English Defence League are never far apart, the JC has more:
“Three English Defence League demonstrators have been charged with affray and public order offences after a scuffle with Muslim hecklers at Speakers Corner.
Shortly after their demonstration on Sunday outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington, EDL supporters made their way to Hyde Park where Rabbi Nachum Shifren, the so-called “surfing rabbi” from California , gave a short speech.
The rabbi had earlier called Muslims “dogs” and told the EDL “We will never surrender to the sword of Islam.”
Rabbi Shifren was heckled by passers-by and scuffles allegedly broke out with EDL members.”
Update 1: Jennifer Lipman’s blog has an insight into the EDL:
“Hours later, as I watched 300 EDL members march up to the high street, banners in hand, chants of “no surrender” and “death to Allah” deafening, I felt my earlier apprehension to be justified.
To anyone who says the EDL are moderates, not racist, defenders of a way of life not obstructers of another, I’d challenge you to listen to a massive throng of angry men and women shouting “Death to Allah” and other obscenities.
Make no mistake. These people are not moderates, they are extremists. One I spoke to denied being from a violent organisation, but admitted to me that he would be willing to fight “if that’s what it takes”. Looking at the EDL yesterday, I have no doubt.
Outside the Israeli Embassy, they came to hijack a cause – support of Israel and the Jewish community – for their own ends. Yesterday their hatred was for Islam, but tomorrow, who knows.
One member of the counter-demonstration, an Israeli called Yossi Bartel, told me he was there to show that “the EDL are not speaking for Israel and the Jews”.
He’s right, and more of the Jewish community must acknowledge and advertise that point.