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Protest: Men, women and children joined the peaceful march Rick Findler/PA Wire

Thousands of people have march peacefully through the streets of central London in support of Palestine in a Quds Day demonstration.

Muslims were joined by Jews in the rally against Zionism that started near BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, central London, at around 3.30pm.

Pro-Palestinian protestors were met by a counter-demonstration in support of Israel outside the US Embassy.

A few hundred pro-Israel demonstrators and the opposing march exchanged a battle of words while lines of police kept them physically separated.

Ahead of the march, protestor Mohammad Saeed, 58, of Kingsbury, north west London, said: “Our demonstration shows we do not agree with what’s going on in Palestine.”

Peaceful: Orthodox Jews joined Muslims on the march (Rick Findler/PA Wire)
Peaceful: Orthodox Jews joined Muslims on the march (Rick Findler/PA Wire)

Pesach Shloime Hirsch was one of around a dozen Orthodox Jews who joined in with anti-Zionism protestors.

Mr Hirsch, a 47-year-old nutrition researcher who travelled from Manchester to take part, said: “We are here to show solidarity with the Palestinians who are suffering.”

Al-Quds Day: the last Friday in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is set aside as a day for uniting against Israel and showing support for Palestinians. (Rick Findler/PA Wire)
Al-Quds Day: the last Friday in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is set aside as a day for uniting against Israel and showing support for Palestinians. (Rick Findler/PA Wire)
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Crowds: Thousands of people joined the march through the streets of central London (Rick Findler/PA Wire)

A force spokesman said: “We have not been informed of any violence. We had an appropriate plan in place.”

The Islamic Human Rights Commission, which organised the march, said the end point was selected as a rallying point against the USA’s “unyielding support” of Israel.

Quds Day, also know as Al-Quds day, is an annual international event held towards the end of Ramadan.

It has been marked globally since being inaugurated in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini, who asked for the last Friday in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to be set aside as a day for uniting against Israel and showing support for Palestinians.