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June 11, 2018 3:29 pm

London Police ‘Saw My Wheelchair as Greater Threat Than Hezbollah Terror Flag,’ Jewish Protester at ‘Al-Quds Day’ Rally Says

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Mark Lewis halts the ‘Al-Quds Day’ 2018 march in London with his wheelchair. Photo: Twitter.

One of London’s top Jewish lawyers brought a howling demonstration of 1,000 hardline antisemites waving Hezbollah flags to a standstill on Sunday — and he didn’t need a court order.

Brave Mark Lewis, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, used his wheelchair to block the pro-Iranian protesters marking “Al-Quds Day” in central London by marching for the violent destruction of the State of Israel.

Lewis told the London Jewish News: “It wasn’t just me. My other half Mandy Blumenthal stayed with me. I knew that I couldn’t stand up and be counted but I could sit down.”

He said: “These people were supporting terrorists. We had to object and not give them a free pass. These are our streets. The government were allowing them a free rein, we had to stop them. I thought I’d challenge the police to see if they had a legal basis to stop me exercising my freedom to protest. They said they had an order blocking the street. I asked to see it. They looked flummoxed.”

When marchers did eventually set off after more than half an hour, chants of “From the river to the sea” — a call for the elimination of Israel — rang out as the protest passed the famous Ritz Hotel. Marchers were also heard to taunt pro-Israel demonstrators, saying they would see them “same time” next year.

In a later oped, Lewis condemned the British government for allowing the “Al-Quds Day” march to occur.

“Seriously, the police enforcing the will of the Home Secretary saw a wheelchair as a greater threat than a machine gun,” Lewis wrote, in a reference to the symbol on Hezbollah’s flag — which was again on display in London despite several pledges last year by UK authorities to ban it as a terrorist hate symbol.

“Before she was Prime Minister, Theresa May as Home Secretary said that the Al Quds march should be banned,” Lewis wrote. “She seems not to have passed the message on to her successors.”


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  • Paul Klee

    Where were all those British Jews who said Kaddish for Hamas? One MS victim in a wheelchair is worth 10,000 of them.

  • bigrobtheactor

    More balls than all the American-Jewish college students put together.

  • avrumeleh

    My wife and I have been planning a trip to England for some time. We put it off when so many people and local governmental institutions flagrantly demonstated their support for Hamas during the last Gaza War. Now, we’ve been planning another trip there but the vile and seemingly widespread tolerance for anti-Israel, pro-terrorist sentiment there is making my stomach turn at the thought of going there once again. The courage and singular bravery of this man to confront Hezbollah and its supportere when the British Government is too cowardly to do it gives me some comfort in going there in spite of the spineless British Government. Sadly, my wife’s position is, “let’s go now, because in five years, it’ll be thoroughly impossible to stomach going to Britain ever.”

  • Efram Paul

    The savage rabid animals continue to hold sway throughout Europe, including the UK. I do not think there will come a day when the UK government will show the moral courage to ban the terrorist flag (and the terrorists it represents). Certainly if Herr Corbyn, G-d forbid, becomes PM, it will be Jews who are banned as his brown shirts grab men like Lewis and hurl them over the sides of ships. The day may indeed come when the brown shirts will prevail totally. I think Jews living anywhere in Europe are in for another nightmare unless they leave these countries to themselves.

  • meqmac

    There were a lot more pro-Israel protesters there, who blocked the march for some 3 hours.