Al Quds Day March (6)

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor what representations he has made to the Home Secretary about getting the political wing of Hezbollah named as a proscribed organisation, given that Hezbollah itself insists that there is no distinction between its military and political wings.


Answer for Al Quds Day March (6)

Answer for Al Quds Day March (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The ability to march in the UK is a fundamental right all should feel able to exercise in London.

As such the Al Quds Day march cannot be not banned if it is carried out within the parameters of the law.

However, I share and recognise the concerns that the Jewish community and others have about support shown for Hezbollah, an illegal, proscribed and anti-Semitic organisation. Anti-Semitism has no place in London, where we don't just tolerate diversity, we respect and celebrate it.

As you are aware, I have written to the Home Secretary on this issue, raising these concerns and representations from the people of London.