A truly extraordinary act of courage.
This is an extraordinary standoff.
Mark Lewis, in the wheelchair, with his partner Mandy Blumenthal, single-handedly held up the pro-Hezbollah #AlQudsDay march for close to an hour.
He was surrounded by police but refused to budge from the middle of the road. pic.twitter.com/ECQxQbxlfE
— Emanuel Miller (@emanumiller) June 10, 2018
The scene is Al Quds Day, the usual pro-terror rally in London. And one man and one woman took a stand. Here’s the whole story.
The flag of Hezbollah has again been openly marched through the streets of London this afternoon – but only after prominent lawyer Mark Lewis delayed the event by blocking the road in his wheelchair.
More than 1,000 people rallied beneath the gun-emblazoned flag of the Lebanese terrorist group outside the Saudi Embassy, hearing speakers including Rev Stephen Sizer, who once shared a social media post pointing the finger at Israel for 9⁄11…
But by that time they hadn’t even yet set off, the one-man stand by Lewis, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, contributing to the delay.
Lewis told Jewish News: “It wasn’t just me. My other half Mandy Blumenthal stayed with me. I knew that I couldn’t stand up and be counted but I could sit down.”
“These people were supporting terrorists. We had to object and not give them a free pass. These are our streets. The Government were allowing them a free rein, we had to stop them. I thought I’d challenge the Police to see if they had a legal basis to stop me exercising my freedom to protest. They said they had an order blocking the street. I asked to see it. They looked flummoxed.” …
The call for action was echoed by ZF chair Paul Charney, while director Arieh Miller, pointing across the road, stressed “that is not a victimless flag”.
Names of victims of Hezbollah terror in Israel and elsewhere were held aloft on placards.
This puts in mind of Benjamin Kerstein’s widely circulated essay in the Algemeiner.
The response can only be direct action. This action must be based on the most fundamental moral principle: reciprocity. That which you do to me, I will do to you. We will not attack you, but we will resist you. If our speakers are shouted down, yours will be shouted down as well. If you hold a protest on Holocaust Memorial Day, we will hold one on your sacred occasions. If you host antisemitic speakers, we will block the doors with our own bodies. If tuition fees pay for antisemitic groups, Jewish students will refuse to pay them. If you disrupt our events we will eject you, by force if necessary. If you boycott us, we will see to it that you are boycotted. If you hold an Israeli Apartheid Week, we will hold a Palestinian Terrorism Week. If your mob attempts to vandalize our institutions and neighborhoods, we will raise our own mob to stop you. We will hit back if we are hit. Reciprocity, after all, is accepted as a legitimate principle for all other peoples. It only becomes worrisome, problematic, unprincipled when the Jews are involved.
Above all, the guiding principle must be disruption. Normal life must not be permitted to continue if it includes the normalization of antisemitism. Antisemitism must come at a price for those who insist on it. This is the only way that effective deterrence can be created and maintained. There must be an equal and opposite reaction. The immovable object must be met by the unstoppable force.
And the unstoppable force can be one man in a wheelchair.