MPs Tom Tugendhat and Lisa Nandy will be speaking at Manchester’s march against antisemitism on Sunday, at what is expected to be the largest gathering in history of the Manchester Jewish community.
Tugendhat, who is security minister and Nandy, the shadow minister for international development will be joined by MP Nicola Richards, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism and Lord Mann, the government’s independent adviser on antisemitism.
Marc Levy, CEO of Manchester Jewish Representative Council, said they were hoping for a turnout of around 5,000 people.
He told the JC: “Jewish people are having to endure an unprecedented surge in hate crime directly stemming from the terrorist atrocities committed in Israel on October 7th.
“Across the region, the Jewish community has been subjected to appalling abuse, physical attacks and desecration of property.”
He added that members of the community had “been forced to conceal their identities” while the city centre had “effectively been turned into a no-go zone most weekends due to overt antisemitism on anti-Israel marches”.
Other speakers will include The Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis, Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies and Auschwitz Birkenau survivor, Ike Alterman.
Coaches are being laid on from Leeds and Liverpool and people are also travelling in from North Wales, London, Glasgow and Birmingham among others.
The march will start at 2pm on Deansgate to the side of Manchester Cathedral. It will proceed along Deansgate before concluding at The Castlefield Bowl.
Police and CST will be present and there will be security checks in place.