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Balance between the right to protest and the rights of everyone else ‘completely lost’, says Jewish charity

The balance between the right to protest and the rights of everyone else had been completely lost, says a charity protecting British Jews from anti-Semitism.

We reported this weekend about a police officer who was recorded preventing a Jewish man from crossing the road during a pro-Palestinian march because he was “openly Jewish.”

The police have now apologized.

Responding to the incident, the Community Security Trust (CST) noted in a statement on

It said CST worked with police to protect the Jewish community, but despite “all the good work” “mistakes” had been made.

“This latest case fits that profile, with context and details lost in the heat of controversy. An individual officer tried to do the right thing but made matters worse at a very difficult time,” the charity said.

The broader question, the CST said, was “how long these costly and disruptive protests will be allowed to continue.”

“It feels like any balance between the right to protest and the rights of everyone else has been completely lost, with extremists being the only ones to benefit, Jews being the first to suffer and the police often being caught in the middle,” it added to.