SINCE Hamas inflicted the October 7 pogrom on Israel, and anti-Semitism exploded on the streets of Britain, there has been little ‘pro’ or ‘peaceful’ in the screams for jihad and the blood of Jews in the Islamists’ ‘pro-Palestinian peace marches’.
It is notable, as already observed in these pages, that the participants in these Hamas rallies are mostly young. This is not new. Youth has been a major part of historical and contemporary revolutionary movements devoted to mass slaughter and genocide. It still is.
In Africa, millions of young people are aligned with various Islamist factions such as Isis, Boko Haram and Shabaab, who are butchering their way through the continent, persecuting Christians and holding pro-Hamas rallies. They too are marching for Jihad as Islamists now regularly do here. Their interpretation of Jihad is the savage aim to establish a global caliphate, contradicting the faux explanation offered by the cowardly Metropolitan Police.
It was Mao Zedong’s student-led paramilitary Red Guards who purged China of its intellectuals and murdered thousands during their Cultural Revolution. Likewise the leaders of the Khmer Rouge were young, highly educated Communists. Making use of child soldiers, they killed millions of Cambodians in the name of their brutal ideology, ‘Year Zero’, from which the country has never recovered.
But the revolutionary movement that these rallies bring most to my mind is Hitler Youth. The Nazis alienated teenagers from their parents, indoctrinated them with anti-Semitic propaganda, and manipulated them into a conformist youth army. Towards the end of WWII, many of these desensitised young men were drafted into the Nazi war machine, and were responsible for bloody massacres of allied forces. Millions marched for Adolf Hitler singing songs like this one:
‘Put the Jews up against the wall, etc. and throw the Jewish gang out of our German fatherland, send them to Palestine, once there – cut their throats so that they will never come back.’
‘When Jewish blood splashes from the knife
Hang the Jews, put them up against the wall
Heads are rolling, Jews are hollering’
I hear an updated version of these songs in the chant at every Hamas rally world over: ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’. This is nothing less than a war cry for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of all Jews – and Britain’s capital city has become its nexus.
Like the swastika flown at Hitler Youth marches, the jihadist Palestinian and black flags paraded in our streets symbolise the Islamist aim to establish a global caliphate. No one should be under any illusion: that once these activists were finished with the Jews, they would come for everyone else, including those Muslims who don’t conform to radical Islam.
Thanks to years of dumbed-down, woke education, of which anti-Semitism is a part, many young Westerners have lost their critical thinking skills. Identity politics, not the Holocaust of more than 80 years ago, is the lens through which they frame their alignments, as Mark Steyn pointed out this week. In this moronic thinking, as Mark describes it, Jews who were reviled as Semites in Europe, in Israel have become ‘the acme of white privilege’. Identity conforming youth are easily swayed into delusional tropes such as that Israel oppresses the subjugated, progressive movement of Hamas. Look at the university graduates working at a coffee shop in New York who quit because of the Jewish owner’s support for Israel, but not before brandishing their ‘Free Palestine’ badges in front of him.
These New Hitler Youth, if less ‘marshalled’, still appear as violent and manic in their threats as their historical predecessors as they chant jihadist slogans at their ‘peace protests’. The elderly veteran punched by Hamas thugs for selling poppies proves the maxim that what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. Likewise the hounding of children leaving a McDonald’s in London, all in the name of ‘Free Palestine’.
Dismayed Royal British Legion poppy sellers who could only look on after pro-Hamas protesters engaged in a sit-in protest at Charing Cross station was, as Melanie Phillips commented, one of the saddest and most telling statements about today’s Britain. Bred into obedient drones, exacerbated by gender, Covid-19 and climate change propaganda inflicted on them by the State and their teachers, deliberately alienated from the values of former generations, these young people have no toleration for anything other than their own obsessions.
They’ve already done the woke establishment’s dirty work by protesting against Brexit and ‘climate change’. Their failure to demonstrate against Covid-19 lockdowns, even though these crushed their education and wellbeing, shows just how susceptible they are to brainwashing and the new conformity. Many appear to lack both compassion and social skills.
Sadly this generation have already proved what loyal foot soldiers they are for the UN and the collective war against the West. Now they unthinkingly march for jihad, just as many did for ‘climate change’, obliterating any chance of living in freedom and prosperity.
A precedent has been set. Today’s Armistice Day will see a battle between forces of light and darkness, a clash of Enlightenment values and medieval barbarism. The jury is out on whether Britain can or is prepared to protect its Jews. My fear is that if the answer to either is No, it won’t take much for these ‘peace marches’ to spill over into a pogrom.