Police were hoping to keep hundreds of demonstrators in protest pens opposite Downing Street on the 9th September, when Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu was due to arrive in the country to meet David Cameron. But while many were confined to their respective pro-Israel and pro-Palestine fenced areas, a few from both factions moved away from the megaphones, speeches and chanting, to cross the road to the gates of Downing Street.
There were occasional scuffles and arrests, and a lot of abuse from both sides among people outside the designated protest areas, as numbers began to build up outside the gates.
Police wrestled with one protester over a placard that said ‘Fuck Israel’, breaking it in two as they snatched it away.
As more protesters crossed the road, blocking Whitehall traffic, more police moved in to separate opposing factions.
Despite the heightened emotions, some people engaged in debate and listened to each other.
With protesters ranging across the road, police lines formed to push people onto pavements and release the traffic.
After several hours, people began to disperse, while a relaxed group of Torah Orthodox Jews reminded us that Judaism and Zionism are not in any way synonymous.