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Hundreds of thousands of pro-Palestine marchers to protest near Israeli embassy

Pro-Palestinian protesters will demonstrate near the Israeli embassy on Saturday for the second time since the October 7 attacks, but cannot begin until an event at a synagogue along the route has finished.

Between 200,000 and 250,000 people are expected to gather for the demonstration in central London, a spokesman for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said.

Around 1,500 police officers from forces across the UK will be on public order duties during the demonstration.

The march will begin south of Marble Arch at 1.30pm and set off along Park Lane, then Knightsbridge and Kensington Road ending at the junction with Kensington Court where speeches will take place.

The Metropolitan Police said the start time of 1.30pm allows time for a synagogue event to finish.

According to the Campaign Against Antisemitism, organisers have advertised a start time of 12.30pm – but police say this is the form-up time and protesters will not be allowed to start marching for another hour.

The CAS said: “In previous weeks, the marches have included people supporting Hamas and openly flaunting their anti-Jewish racism, and congregants leaving synagogue had to walk through them.”

Speakers will address crowds near the Israeli embassy and they must stop by 5pm, while protesters must leave by 6pm, police said.

The Met said “there will be some who ask why” a decision to allow the protest so close to the embassy was allowed but that it is a “common misconception” that forces can allow or refuse permission for a protest to take place.

A static rally was held near the embassy on October 9.

“A real risk of serious disorder” sufficient for the Met to request that the Home Secretary ban the protest has not been seen at recent demonstrations and is not expected on Saturday, it added.

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Protesters will be kept more than 100m away from the embassy grounds, behind barriers controlled by officers and face arrest if they do not do so.

Precautions have also been taken to ensure the presence of protesters does not unnecessarily disrupt other sensitive premises, including synagogues, either near the start or along the route.

Conditions under Section 12 of the Public Order Act meaning that any person participating in the march must not deviate from the route.

Police have also said no gazebos or other stalls can be erected in a specified area at Marble Arch.

The use of further police powers will be kept under review.

All officers “will be briefed to be on the lookout for offensive placards and banners” and police teams will monitor CCTV of the demonstration as it happens.

Commander Kyle Gordon, who will lead the policing operation, said: “We are there to ensure protests take place lawfully, minimising disruption to the life of the wider public and in a way that gives due consideration to the cumulative impact on London’s communities and those who feel most vulnerable in the current climate.

“The protests we have seen since October have thankfully been largely peaceful and we must take this into account in our policing approach.

“I hope the same will be true this Saturday.

“Unfortunately, despite this, we have regularly seen officers having to deal with offences related to placards and other hate speech.

“We do not underestimate the fear this causes, nor the impact of such criminal and unacceptable behaviour on wider community relations.

“I would appeal to all those attending the protest on Saturday to act within the law and to consider the impact of their actions on the safety and security of others. We will not hesitate to take action against those who fail to do so.”

At least 28,663 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Israel began its military operation in the strip in October in response to the October 7 attacks, where militants killed some 1,200 people and took another 250 hostage.

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Israel is being urged not to send ground forces into Rafah on the Egyptian border, where many of the strip’s citizens are now living after areas closer to their homes became engulfed by fighting.

PSC director Ben Jamal said: “At each stage of Israel’s genocidal attack on Gaza we’ve seen horrors that we never thought possible.

“The images this week from Israel’s bombardment of Rafah, of children with limbs torn apart, should be seared on the conscience of the world.

“Despite mounting pressure from world leaders, and in defiance of the ICJ ruling, the Israeli government has made clear that it is about to launch an attack on Rafah that will lead to unprecedented levels of carnage.

“The moral imperative is clear.

“An immediate ceasefire is a simple, absolute necessity.

“The legal imperative is also clear, the UK must abide by its responsibilities under the Genocide Convention to cease any activities that make it complicit.

“Our government and opposition are guilty of an historic failure of leadership and principle.

“They have chosen to take the side of those committing genocide over those who are its victims, and over the demands of international law.

“We, with the majority of people in the UK, will continue to hold them to account on our marches, protests, campaigns and in the voting booths.”

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Muslim student loses High Court challenge against Michaela School’s prayer ban

Michaela Community School in Wembley, led by headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh, insisted its approach promoted ‘inclusion and social cohesion between pupils’

Muslim student at a London school once dubbed Britain’s strictest has lost a High Court challenge against its ban on prayer rituals.

The pupil, who cannot be named, took legal action against Michaela Community School in Wembley claiming its policy was discriminatory and “uniquely” affects her faith due to its ritualised nature.

In an 83-page judgment dismissing the student’s case, Mr Justice Linden said: “It seems to me that this is a case…where the claimant at the very least impliedly accepted, when she enrolled at the school, that she would be subject to restrictions on her ability to manifest her religion.

“She knew that the school is secular and her own evidence is that her mother wished her to go there because it was known to be strict.

“She herself says that, long before the prayer ritual policy was introduced, she and her friends believed that prayer was not permitted at school and she therefore made up for missed prayers when she got home.”

The judge upheld the student’s challenge to a decision to temporarily exclude her from the school.

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Katharine Birbalsingh, the founder and headteacher of Michaela Community School, has hailed the ruling as a victory for all schools.

In a statement on X, Ms Birbalsingh said: “A school should be free to do what is right for the pupils it serves.

“The court’s decision is therefore a victory for all schools.

“Schools should not be forced by one child and her mother to change its approach simply because they have decided they don’t like something at the school.”

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan also welcomed the judgment on the free school’s prayer rituals ban.

She said: “I have always been clear that headteachers are best placed to make decisions in their school.

“Michaela is an outstanding school and I hope this judgment gives all school leaders the confidence to make the right decisions for their pupils.”

The case was heard at the High Court in January. Ms Birbalsingh, insisted its approach promoted “inclusion and social cohesion between pupils”.

Ms Birbalsingh, a former government social mobility tsar, argued the prayer policy was justified after the school faced death and bomb threats linked to religious observance on site.

She had planned to appeal the ruling if the school lost, telling the Sunday Times after the January hearing: “I will not divide children according to race and religion; it will not happen under my watch.”

The court was told the pupil, referred to only as TTT, was making a “modest” request to be allowed to pray for around five minutes at lunch time, on dates when faith rules required it, but not during lessons.

She argued the school’s stance on prayer – one of the five pillars of Islam – unlawfully breached her right to religious freedom and was “the kind of discrimination which makes religious minorities feel alienated from society”.

The policy was first introduced in March last year, the court heard.

Additional reporting by PA News Agency

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Israeli military set to respond to Iran’s strikes

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Israeli military set to respond to Iran’s strikes

Israeli army chief promised a response to Iran’s unprecedented strike on the country, prompting calls for de-escalation from world leaders concerned about further conflict.

Six months of conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza have sparked violence throughout the area, involving Iranian proxies and sympathizers who claim to help Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

However, tensions have risen even higher with Tehran’s first direct attack on Israel, in revenge for a fatal April 1 strike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus.

“This launch of so many (Iranian) missiles, cruise missiles, and UAVs into the territory of the State of Israel will be met with a response,” Israeli army chief Lit-Gen. Herzi Halevi warned in an address to troops at the Nevatim military facility, which was rocked by Iran’s Saturday onslaught.

However, the military stated that it would not be distracted from its campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

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The United Nations highlighted reports of “air strikes, shelling, and heavy fighting” for the past five days at the Nuseirat refugee camp in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza.

Iran launched almost 300 drones and missiles against Israel late Saturday, according to Israel’s military, with virtually all intercepted.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened with his military cabinet late Monday to deliberate possible reactions, local media said, as Israel delivered its first formal statement on the deadly Syria strike.

“These were people who engaged in terrorism against the State of Israel,” military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said. “There was not a single diplomat there, as far as I know.”
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps identified two generals as among the seven men slain in the consular attack.

Tehran claims its missile and drone onslaught against Israel was the first step in a severe new strategy.

Mohammad Jamshidi, the Iranian president’s political deputy, stated on X that the “era of strategic patience is over” and further targeting Iranian personnel and assets “will be met with a direct and punishing response.”

Tehran stated that the subject was “concluded” until Israel made “another mistake.”

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Priest, others attacked during church service in Sydney’s second mass stabbing

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Priest, others attacked during church service in Sydney’s second mass stabbing

A bishop and several worshippers have been stabbed in an attack that was captured on video during a live-streamed service from a church in Sydney, only two days after a mass stabbing in a shopping centre.

Police said a man had been arrested following reports of the attack at the Christ the Good Shepherd Church just after 7pm local time in the Sydney suburb of Wakeley, New South Wales.

 Man repeatedly stabs Sydney Bishop during service in front of congregation live stream viewers

Video footage shared on social media shows Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel speaking to the congregation before a man dressed in black walks up to where he is standing and stabs him repeatedly. The sounds of screaming are heard before congregants run to the front to try to help the bishop.

Several worshippers were also injured in the attack. Police said they had suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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A spokesman for New South Wales Ambulance told Australian media that a man in his 50s was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds, while three other people were also injured and were being treated at the scene.

New South Wales Police said: “A police operation is under way in Wakeley, following reports of a stabbing. Officers attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command attended a location on Welcome Street, Wakeley following reports a number of people were stabbed.

“Officers arrested a male and he is assisting police with inquiries. The injured people suffered non-life threatening injuries and are being treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics. More information will be provided once it becomes available.”

The attack come after six people were killed and 12 injured in a mass stabbing at Westfield Shopping Centre in Bondi Junction, Sydney on Saturday afternoon.

Police said that the attacker appears to have deliberately targeted women.

Priest, others attacked during church service in Sydney’s second mass stabbing

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