Jewish and anti-fascist groups join together to stand against neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green
Jewish groups and anti-fascist activists are to celebrate diversity a day before a far-right group holds a rally in Golders Green, north west London, against what they call "Jewish privilege".
London Jewish Forum and anti-fascist organisation Hope not Hate jointly launched Golders Green Together as a show of unity against the 4 July rally, the Jewish Chronicle reported.
Golders Green is the heartland of London's Jewish community and the far right New Dawn group has arranged a rally for 4 July.
In a statement, Golders Green Together said: "[The extremists'] aim is to spread fear and division, to fracture the peace and good neighbourliness that exists between our communities and to insult the memory of those who died at the hands of their murderous forebears.
"We believe that the most effective response we can have to this provocation is to show our communities reject the politics of hatred, and instead stand together."
Support from the Jewish leadership
Golders Green Together is supported by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and is consulting with the Community Security Trust. It launched its Twitter account, @GG_Together and has planned a programme of activities over the month to promote diversity.
Jonny Newton, CST's senior public affairs manager, said: "It's the communal response to the July 4 demonstration, and it'll be a dignified and appropriate response to it.
"We're trying to get as many civic, religious and political communities as possible to stand together, to show the unity of the Golders Green Together campaign in the face of provocative action."
According to the JC, organisers have urged the community to decorate Golders Green with gold and green ribbons on 3 July to show "we are a strong, diverse and united community".
People will also be asked to use social media to upload and share photos that represent togetherness, and leaflets promoting #goldersgreentogether will be distributed to homes in the area, and organisers are planning to produce an eight-page community newspaper with contributions from residents.