Boris Johnson blasts 'anti-Semitic' rally planned for Armistice Day and demands 'obscene' march is ditched | The Sun
BORIS Johnson insists it will be “obscene” to hold an “anti Semitic” rally against Israel attacks in Gaza on Armistice Day.
The ex-Prime Minister made the blistering comments while on a visit to the country to show is solidarity after the October 7 attacks.
He said: “They should remember that Remembrance Sunday is there very largely to commemorate the many, many people in our country, but also across the Commonwealth, who fought against Nazism and fascism.
“And I think for them to go out and demonstrate in favour of an antisemitic pogrom – which is what they would be doing – is obscene…”
Mr Johnson outlined how politicians need to come together to see a two state outcome to help resolve the conflict in the Middle East.
He told GB News: “I certainly want to see a two-state solution. I want to see that somehow or other that has got to be achieved.
“I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect that the Israelis can have on their doorstep an armed state with a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence run by Hamas. Absolutely not.
“There is just no way that is going to happen. That’s off the agenda. So there will have to be some other solution and there are many different permutations, but that’s where it will end up.
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“But for the time being we’ve got to focus on, I think the Israelis have got to focus on taking the necessary steps to ensure this can never happen again.”
His comments came after he made a surprise trip to Israel on Sunday to show solidarity following the attacks last month – branding them “evil”.
The ex-Prime Minister visited the Kfar Aza kibbutz which was attacked by Hamas saying the terrorists are trying to cause “maximum harm to the innocent”.
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Mr Johnson even called on those demonstrating against Israel to see the devastation that he has witnessed during his stay.
He said: “‘Intentionally or otherwise those demonstrators are giving hope and comfort and support to the terrorists of Hamas.
“What I saw today showed above all why we need and will always need the state of Israel – a place where Jews can be safe.”
He added: “This was witting evil – a systematic programme of torture and sadism that is in a different moral category from the actions of Israel’s troops.
“The Israelis are trying their best – even if they are not always succeeding – to keep civilians out of harm’s way.”
He met British-Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem while alongside ex-Aussie PM Scott Morrison.
It comes as senior politicians, ex-military chiefs and war veterans have come together to tell demonstrators not to interfere with the sacred events.
Cops have also been urged to use every available power to ensure railway stations aren’t blocked by sit-ins as families head to commemorations.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to descend on the capital to show their support – but top cops appear resistant to call off any marches.
Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, who served in the Royal Green Jackets, last night said: “When our nation – every village, town and city – pauses to reflect on past sacrifices to defend our freedoms and our of way of life.
“And to thank our gallant military for all they do to keep us safe. It is an apolitical event that reaches across faiths, cultures and backgrounds and regardless of anyone’s views.
“Any form of national demonstration that overshadows our nation’s moment of reflection is provocative and totally unacceptable. The organisers need to show some respect.”
Ministers have warned they won’t tolerate protests at railway hubs and they will use all their powers to deem them unlawful.
Events are planned on Armistice Day, next Saturday, including the two-minute silence at 11am.
There is also the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall where senior members of the royal family normally attend.
There will then be a national service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on Sunday morning.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper gave the green light for cops to arrest members of the public after a protest at King’s Cross station in central London last Friday.
A source close to the Cabinet Minister last night said: “Attempts to use our stations as a location to cause disruption and intimidate passengers are unacceptable.
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