Thousands expected at Manchester anti-Semitism march

Thousands expected at Manchester anti-Semitism march

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather in Manchester city centre today for a march against anti-Semitism.

The protest, organised by the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region, comes in response to a spike in anti-Jewish hate crimes since the outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestine last October.

According to the Community Security Trust, over 300 anti-Semitic incidents have been recorded in Greater Manchester since the conflict began. The chairman of the Jewish council, Mark Adlestone, says the march will be a peaceful show of solidarity against extremism and intolerance.

In an exclusive piece for the Manchester Evening News, Mr Adlestone stated that the demonstration would “reiterate that Greater Manchester will combat hate in all its manifestations.”

Greater Manchester is home to the UK’s largest Jewish population outside of London. The organisers believe this could be one of the biggest gatherings of the local Jewish community and supporters ever seen in the region.

The march is scheduled to start at 2pm today and will proceed through Manchester city centre, followed by speeches. Heavy attendance is anticipated, although police say they expect a peaceful event.

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