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UK council ban on cycle ride for Palestine proof anti-Semitism definition is about protecting Israel

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Last week the Palestine Solidarity Campaign revealed that a council in East London had banned the use of any of its parks by a charity bike ride for Palestinian kids.

The Big Ride for Palestine holds annual sponsored events in London and Manchester to raise money for Palestinian children’s charities.

This year its chosen cause was the Middle East Children’s Alliance, which focuses on the mental health of those traumatised living under Israel’s vicious military dictatorship.

It has raised tens of thousands of pounds for such good causes over the years.

Organisers back in March had gone through the whole rigmarole of filling in the necessary applications to use Tower Hamlets’ public parks for the final rally for the event.

READ: Big Ride for Palestine takes the message to Manchester and beyond

It took more than a month’s worth of follow-up emails for council officers to finally give their reply to the organisers’ application: it was declined.

The reasons given seemed nebulous – “rallies with political connotations” were deemed “problematic” especially if one of the speakers was to “say something controversial”.

The email also talked vaguely about “community cohesion and equality issues.”

Nothing in the email, however, mentioned alleged anti-Semitism, or the discredited IHRA “working definition” of anti-Semitism – which the council adopted........

© Middle East Monitor