Thousands to rally in central London in support of Israel this Sunday

The event is being organised by the 7/10 Human Chain Project, which is dedicated to ensuring the safe return of all remaining hostages held by Hamas


People in London participate in a 'Bring Them Home' solidarity rally in Trafalgar Square calling for the release of hostages held in Gaza by Hamas, October 22, 2023 (Credit: Peter Nicholls/Getty Images)

Thousands are expected to show up in support of Israel this Sunday, January 14, in central London, marking 100 days since the Hamas terror attack against Israel.

The “We Stand With Israel” event will begin at 2:30pm and will see a line-up of influential speakers from diverse backgrounds, including media and government, alongside Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith leaders.

Speakers include Lord Eric Pickles, special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Eylon Levy, Israel government spokesperson, Christian Wakeford MP, Reverend Hayley Ace of Christian Action Against Antisemitism, author and columnist Ben Freeman, anti-Iranian regime activist Afshin Payravi, and Ayelet Svatitzky, a British Israeli, whose mother and brother were abducted by Hamas.

The event is being coordinated by the 7/10 Human Chain Project, an organisation born after October 7, dedicated to the plight of the remaining 136 hostages held by Hamas and to ensuring their safe return.

Orit Eyal-Fibeesh, co-founder of the 7/10 Human Chain Project, said it was their hope that the event would serve as “a unifying force, bringing together friends of Israel from all walks of life”, and would provide a “much-needed boost to a community currently enduring immense challenges”.

Orit told the JC: “It's been nearly 100 days since the vicious attack on Israel, resulting in the tragic loss of lives and harm to thousands of citizens. Three months have passed since innocent civilians, some as young as nine months old, were captured by a terrorist organisation of the worst kind. Despite this, the streets of London are filled with hate towards Israel, often fuelled by ignorance.

“The Stand with Israel rally aims to call out to all Jewish [people] and Israelis, as well as friends and allies, urging them to stand with Israel as we hold our heads high, demonstrating our pride and unity in unwavering solidarity and support.

“The people of Israel are not alone, and together we will overcome Hamas and those who support it and bring our hostages home.”

Sponsors of the event include the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, UJIA, the Union of Jewish Students, S&P Sephardi Community, Christian Action Against Antisemitism and the Israeli embassy.

The Met Police and the CST will be present, and attendees are encouraged to bring Israeli flags and placards of support.

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