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Police investigate video of anti-Semitic abuse shouted from cars in London | London


A police investigation was launched after a video circulated on social media showing anti-Semitic chants from a car convoy in North London.

Politicians condemned the images, which were posted on Twitter and showed cars traveling through the St John’s Wood area of ​​north London on Sunday afternoon. Cars were covered in Palestinian flags with a loudspeaker launching anti-Semitic insults and threats against Jews.

Boris Johnson described it as an act of “shameful racism” and Labor leader Keir Starmer said the video was “absolutely disgusting.”

Starmer tweeted: “Anti-Semitism, misogyny and hatred have no place on our streets or in our society. There must be consequences. “

The prime minister said there was no place for anti-Semitism in our society. “Before Shavuot, I stand with the Jews of Britain who shouldn’t have to put up with the kind of shameful racism we have seen today,” he added.

Metropolitan Police said of the incident on Finchley Road:. “We are aware of a video that appears to show anti-Semitic language yelling from a convoy of cars in the St John’s Wood area this afternoon.

“The agents are conducting urgent investigations to identify those responsible. This type of behavior will not be tolerated. “

On Sunday night, the force said it had identified the vehicle involved and was trying to find the occupants.

The images emerged after large pro-Palestinian demonstrations over the weekend.

Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the video was “deeply disturbing.” He added: “Criminal and vile hatred like this should not be tolerated.”

In a statement, Jenrick continued: “Whatever your opinion on the conflict in Israel and Gaza, there is no justification for inciting anti-Jewish or anti-Muslim hatred. The incidents of anti-Semitism that we have seen in recent days have been disgraceful.

“Some of the language used in this weekend’s marches and in social media posts is intimidating, criminal and racist. We must not tolerate this vile and shameful hatred in our country. These actions must end. “

The video was also condemned by Democratic Rep. Layla Moran and shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy.

Nandy tweeted: “This is absolutely vile. They must be caught and face the consequences. There is no place for this poisonous hatred at all, ever. “

Thirteen people were arrested after a day of largely peaceful pro-Palestinian protests outside the Israeli embassy in west London on Saturday.

The Met said nine of its officers were injured while dispersing the crowd outside the embassy. The force said missiles were fired at officers during “small outbreaks of disorder.”

Nine arrests were made on suspicion of violent disorder and another four people were detained on suspicion of violating health protection regulations. All remain in custody.

Earlier on Saturday, thousands of people marched through central London to express solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. Demonstrations were also held in Birmingham, Coventry, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and other UK towns and cities.

At least 139 people have died in the Gaza Strip, including 39 children, amid a spiral of violence that began with the attempted eviction of Arabs from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. In Israel, at least seven people have died, including a child.




www.theguardian.com

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