Communities Secretary Michael Gove will accuse organisers of pro-Palestinian marches of not doing enough to stop some demonstrators spreading anti-Jewish messages in a speech condemning the rise in antisemitism in the UK.

The Cabinet minister will say that while many protesters are “thoughtful, gentle, compassionate people”, they are “side by side with those who are promoting hate”.

Critics have voiced concerns about the handling of the demonstrations and the effect they have on the UK’s Jewish community.

Organising groups have previously said that the marches, which have drawn crowds of thousands in calling for an end to the war in Gaza, are overwhelmingly peaceful with a low arrest rate.

“The organisers of these marches could do everything in their power to stop that. They don’t,” Mr Gove will say in a speech on Tuesday.

Israel-Hamas conflict
A Palestinian flag in Hyde Park (Jeff Moore/PA)

Some seven arrests were made during a protest in central London on Saturday, which was attended by thousands of people calling for a ceasefire in the Middle East.

They included one man who was observed by officers “carrying a coffin with offensive language on it,” Scotland Yard said.

Mr Gove will highlight that the UK has seen a spike in antisemitism more widely, arguing that it is the “common currency of hate” and the “thread that connects extremist ideologies from Islamist to those on the far right and the hard left”.

Reports of anti-Jewish hate incidents in UK reached a record high last year, according to figures from a Jewish security charity.

Two-thirds of the 4,103 antisemitic incidents occurred on or after Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, which triggered the war in Gaza, the Community Security Trust (CST) has said.

The Communities Secretary will say: “It’s an ironclad law of history that countries which are descending into darkness are those which are becoming progressively more unsafe for Jewish individuals and the Jewish community, the Spain of the Inquisition, the Vienna of the 1900s, Germany in the 30s, Russia in the last decade.

“It is a parallel law that those countries in which the Jewish community has felt most safe at any time are the countries where freedom is most secure at any time.

“The Netherlands of the 17th century, Britain in the first decades of the last century, America in the second half of that century.

Jewish festival of lights
A general view of the Trafalgar Square menorah (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“So when Jewish people are under threat, all our freedoms are threatened. The safety of the Jewish community is the canary in the mine. Growing antisemitism is a fever which weakens the whole body politic.”

He will add: “There is one thing which, increasingly, unites the organisations and individuals which give cause for extremist concern. Antisemitism. It is the common currency of hate.

“It is at the dark heart of their world view. Whether Islamist, far right or hard left.”

Mr Gove’s speech comes ahead of the publication of a long-trailed report by the Government’s independent adviser on political violence, Lord Walney, due to be released on Tuesday.

The review is expected to recommend measures to crack down on disruptive demonstrations, including possible restrictions on protest groups deemed to be “extreme”.

Deputy Labour leader and shadow communities secretary Angela Rayner said: “There is no place in Britain for antisemitic hate and those who push this poison should face the full force of the law. We all have a responsibility to condemn this vile hatred and show that it will never be tolerated.

“Michael Gove is right that most people on these marches have been protesting peacefully and lawfully, but we cannot tolerate the hateful minority and the appalling incidents of antisemitism.

“Labour will continue to urge ministers to reverse the downgrading of recording requirements for non-crime hate incidents, bring forward a new hate crime strategy, and crack down on online extremism.

“Our door will always be open to working together on finding ways of tackling this hate.”

But the Liberal Democrats said the rise of extremism in all its forms could not be solved by a Tory Government that “seems intent” on “sowing more division.”

Lib Dem communities spokesperson Helen Morgan MP said: “We must combat the rise of extremism in all its forms, including the terrible spread of antisemitism and Islamophobia we have seen in recent months. Everyone should feel safe on our streets, no matter their race, religion or background.

“But this cannot be solved by a Conservative Government that has let people down so badly, sown so much division and seems intent on sowing more.

“As well as a zero-tolerance approach to racism in all its forms, the way to ultimately defeat extremists is by transforming our politics so that it addresses people’s problems and speaks to their dreams. That is the real change our country needs.”