London Has Fallen
For three weekends in a row, around 100,000 people have taken to the streets of London to support Hamas in their quest to murder Jews.
They carried placards calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. They shouted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”—a call for genocide, removing all Jews from the land of Israel to give it to Palestinian Arabs. Some called for jihad. Others demanded intifada from “London to Gaza.”
Not all the chants were in English. Some shouted, “Allahu Akbar!” Others called in Arabic, “Oh Jews, the army of Mohammed will return.”
Others called for a ceasefire, but even this is a plea for Hamas to get away with murder.
Hamas is at least as evil as the Nazis. They decapitated babies. They baked a baby in an oven. Calling for a ceasefire is a call to go back to the way it was before October 7. It’s a call to allow Hamas to attack again.
These protests are a blot on our nation. They reveal that a core part of our country has been taken over by enemies—enemies of Britain and enemies of humanity.
Perhaps the greatest shame is how these protests have been supported by the local government and police.
The last three Saturdays in London have been a wake-up call for the nation.
Part of this is a homegrown problem. Some native-born Brits, particularly those who recently graduated from university, hate Jews and side with Hamas.
Part of this is our broken will. There’s a well-meaning softheadedness behind some of the calls for a ceasefire. The belief that war is bad and innocents should be protected has morphed into the belief that nothing is worth fighting for. Because the war in Gaza is about Jewish lives rather than British lives, it is easier to oppose. Many would not be calling for a ceasefire if 1,400 of their friends had been slaughtered.
But a huge part of this is an imported problem. We’ve let in huge numbers of Muslims with no attempt to instill our values in them. Multiculturalism is live and let live: You hate Jews, we don’t; let’s try to get along.
Westminster City Council allowed these pro-Hamas demonstrators to set up a stage next to the Cenotaph, Britain’s most important monument to its war dead. It’s hard to imagine a more sacred spot, outside of Westminster Abbey. Hamas sympathizers called for a Jewish genocide next to a monument for those who died stopping one.
The police also seemed to side with Hamas. One protester waved the al Qaeda flag while praising the Islamic State and calling on Allah to curse the Jews. The police acted quickly—by posting on X that “the flags in this photo are not those of isis. … We have specialist officers with knowledge of flags working on this operation ….” It’s only al Qaeda’s flag, not the Islamic State’s—nothing to see here.
Another protester called for “jihad by the armies of the Muslim countries.” The Met responded with a tweet saying that “jihad has many meanings”—as if “jihad by the armies of the Muslim countries” could simply mean a personal fight against immorality.
Is there nothing that will make British police intervene? One man crossed a line by bringing a flag of England. London police told him to put it away and that he’d be arrested if he repeated his “close to racist” actions again.
Are there Hamas sympathizers in the police? We know there are in their advisers. Mohammed Kozbar praised Hamas’s founder as “the master of the martyrs of the resistance.” Kozbar is deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, an organization the government cut ties with in 2009 when it called for attacks on the Royal Navy. He also sits on a panel that advises London’s police and prosecutors on hate crime.
Kamel Kozbar, a Hamas supporter in Lebanon, was invited to advise police on London’s Muslim community this summer. No wonder police ruthlessly hunt down any Christian who opposes the transgender movement but turn a blind eye to Muslim anti-Semitism. It’s what they’ve been educated to do.
The Office of Communications is usually a stickler for rules. It forced Mark Steyn off the air in Britain because he asked questions about the covid vaccine. But it has no problem with Hamas propaganda. Al Hiwar tv is an Arabic tv channel headquartered in London and founded by Azzam Tamimi, a Palestinian Arab with links to the Muslim Brotherhood—the parent group of Hamas. He called Hamas a “legitimate part of the liberation struggle” and said, “I long to be a martyr.”
Hamas spokesmen are regularly invited on the show. “He who dies as he resists the Zionist project, this is the highest degree of martyrdom in people’s eyes. It is the true honorary badge,” said one Hamas leader in 2018.
That Hamas leader lives in London. Mohammed Qassem Sawalha ran Hamas’s terrorist operations in Judea and Samaria. He fled to the United Kingdom in the 1990s but is still an active part of Hamas leadership. From 2013 to 2017, he sat on Hamas’s politburo. In 2019, he was part of an official delegation to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yet he has British citizenship and lives in housing subsidized by British taxpayers.
Zaher Birawi is, according to Israel, a senior Hamas operative in the European Union. His house is also subsidized by taxpayers. He runs a charity that organizes events like “Understanding Hamas.” He also helped organize the latest demonstrations.
Even authority figures on lower levels sympathize with Hamas. One London Underground train driver led a chant of “Free, free, Palestine” over the loudspeaker.
Britain’s capital now has a significant minority with abhorrent values. Some of those are in government. Others in government pander to or appease that minority because they want their votes. Others simply fear confrontation.
It’s a depressing situation. But it’s also powerful proof of the Bible’s diagnosis of Britain’s problems.
The Bible reveals that the English are closely related to the Jews. As Herbert W. Armstrong showed in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, we’re descended from Ephraim, the son of Joseph, Judah’s half-brother.
The book of Hosea has a lot to say about modern Ephraim. “Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned” (Hosea 7:8).
Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes in his booklet on Hosea:
Britain may look good on the surface. But God says in verse 8 that it is like a “cake not turned”—already burned out underneath. British society lacks any real substance. We are, even now, witnessing this great calamity in Britain, the United States and other Israelitish nations. Serious crises are going to make our nations crumble suddenly, like a burned out cake! It will dumbfound the world.
This verse also reveals what causes this situation: “Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people.” Britain has embraced multiculturalism and brought in many people with many different values. “Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not,” verse 9 states.
The riots in London are a preview of this. Right now, Britain actually has the most pro-Israel government it has had in years. But what good can it do? The nation cannot move decisively in favor of Israel because it would cause civil unrest.
What about the next threat?
The riots in London are a wake-up call—an indication that our society is about to fall apart. A huge minority passionately disagrees with fundamental British values and are rioting in support of baby-murderers.
But they also show the Bible accurately forecast and diagnosed our national problems centuries ago. There is a solution to these problems: turning back to the God who foretold it all. You can read more about that in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.