Demonstrations in support of Palestinians trapped in Gaza amid the ongoing escalation between Israel and Hamas are nothing but “manifestations of anti-Semitism,” Alexander Ben Zvi, West Jerusalem’s ambassador to Moscow, told journalists on Monday.
Large pro-Palestinian rallies have regularly occurred in various parts of the world since Israel launched its military operation against Gaza in response to an attack by Hamas on October 7.
On Sunday, a crowd of pro-Palestinian protesters marched on the home of US President Joe Biden, accusing him of supporting Palestinian “genocide.” As many as 300,000 people joined a march in support of Palestine in London on the same day.
“Those [demonstrations] are not pro-Muslim … but are specifically anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish,” Ben Zvi said, according to Russia’s RBK news outlet. “They are not just against Israel … it’s a new type of anti-Semitism.”