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Betar/Likud GB combating Muslim extremists on Oxford Street

Last updated: 2003-09-07


Showing support for Israel

On Thursday September 4th 2003 the Zionist Youth movement Betar-Tagar together with Likud-Herut GB held a "buy Israeli products" stand outside the Marble Arch branch of Marks & Spencer in Oxford Street, London.

Pro Palestinian activists have held regular protests urging customers not to shop at the high street chain because of its sympathies to Israel. Betar/Likud members distributed leaflets explaining why British-Israeli trade relations are of vital importance to the peace process, and an Israel fact sheet.

Hundreds of people passing by came up to the stall and expressed their support. Some Muslim extremists were shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans but were stopped by the police before becoming violent.

Betar-Tagar Shaliach Shimon Shamila commented, "It is important to inform the general public that a boycott of Israeli goods would be damaging to Israeli Arabs and Palestinians too. Boycotting Israel does not help bring peace or stability to either side of the peace process. It is also a sad reminder of the Jewish goods boycott implemented by Nazi Germany."

Betar-Tagar and Likud GB members plans to continue their presence outside of M&S for the foreseeable future. Next Thursday, September 11th  the group is dedicating the Oxford Street stall to  the victims of the World Trade Centre Terror attack.