Tempers flared as Al Quds march took place in the central London, Sunday, calling for the freedom of Palestine.
Dozen of counter-protesters, waving with Israeli flags staged a rally on the march route, but were separated from the Pro-Palestinian demonstrators by police officers.
Some of the counter-protesters took issue with the flags of Hezbollah and Hamas, several of which seemed to be flown by protester. The flags officially prohibited to be shown on public in the UK and some other European countries.
Of the pro-Israeli demonstrators, protester Zareen said “They could have their own protest but they are not brave enough to have a protest saying ‘Down with Palestine’, are they. So they come here and harass us.”
Al-Quds day, which falls on the last day of the month of Ramadan, was introduced in 1979 by late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a day of protest against Zionism and Israel’s control of Jerusalem. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the Palestinians and highlight the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims.