Four men have been released on bail after a convoy of cars draped in Palestinian flags was seen with passengers shouting “f *** Jews” across north London last weekend.
A video shared on social media captured cars driving along the Hampstead neighborhood of Finchley Road on Sunday, May 16, with a man shouting into a loudspeaker.
In the clip, the man can be heard saying “f *** the Jews, f *** the movement, f *** all.”
He went on to say, on a road with one of the biggest Jewish community centers – JW3 -: f *** their mothers, f *** their daughters and show your support for Palestine ”.
The man can also clearly be heard saying “rape their daughters, we have to send a message”.
They were also later seen in other parts of north London, including St John’s Wood.
The Metropolitan Police arrested the men on suspicion of race-aggravated public unrest the same day – and while in detention they were also arrested in connection with a similar incident in Broughton Park in Salford, Manchester earlier in the day .
The force said the men had since been released on bail, pending further investigations into the two incidents.
Superintendent Jo Edwards, in charge of the police operation, previously said: “This behavior was very shocking and will not be tolerated.”
The incident comes after thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched through London on Saturday to the gates of the Israeli embassy, as protests took place in other cities in the UK and Ireland,
Thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee their homes after a week of protracted conflict.
Since Monday last week, the Palestinian militant group Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel, which the military has responded with airstrikes on Gaza.
The fighting began after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions in occupied East Jerusalem, which culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas, which controls Gaza, began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site, unleashing retaliatory airstrikes.
Housing Secretary The Right Honorable Robert Jenrick took his thoughts on Twitter and said: “This, in the streets of London, is deeply disturbing. Vile and criminal hatred like this must not be tolerated. ”
He added: “Whatever your view of the conflict in Israel and Gaza, there is no justification for inciting anti-Jewish or Muslim hatred.
“Some of the terms used on this weekend’s marches and in social media posts are intimidating, hateful and racist. They must stop and be dealt with if not.”
Many other politicians and higher figures have also expressed concern over the incident.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 06:55:05