ISRAEL supporters were out in force on Saturday to prevent a demonstration closing the Marks & Spencer store in Manchester city centre.
“We had to stop Manchester Palestinian Solidarity Campaign from closing M&S because they see it as a Jewish shop,” said North West Friends of Israel co-chairman Raphi Bloom.
“And we succeeded.”
He added: “We came to engage with the public and share the huge amount of common democratic values Israel has with the UK.
“This was overwhelmingly well received.
“It was a hugely positive day for Israel and our community.
“When the other side showed up they were abusing us for wearing poppies while they carried placards of terrorists with AK-47 guns.
“People were disgusted.”