The Metropolitan Police have been accused of allowing central London to become a “no-go zone” for Jews after thousands of people marched in support of Palestine, some carrying images of dead babies and chanting “Globalize the Intifada”.
Yesterday’s demonstrations marked the third week in a row that the capital has been gripped by protests across the Middle East and marred by several shocking incidents.
As police watched, demonstrators called for the massacre of Jews, floated images of dead babies on flags and called for “global intifadas.”
Following the protest, police made a total of nine arrests, with authorities saying “some” of them were related to hate crimes.
Anger had already erupted last night after a video emerged showing a woman taking part in Sunday’s pro-Palestinian march through London holding an effigy of a dead baby and shouting “Slaughter the Jews.”
Thousands of people marched in support of Palestine, some carrying effigies of dead babies and chanting “Globalization of the Intifada.”
Police are appealing to anyone who recognizes the woman to come forward
Other footage appeared to show protesters “bounce” images of dead babies on a Palestinian flag
Other protesters chanted: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
Police are appealing for information to identify her and a second woman, both of whom led the chant in front of dozens of spectators.
In other shocking videos posted online, protesters can be seen bouncing effigies of dead babies on a Palestinian flag while chanting.
Another photo from yesterday’s demonstrations showed a coffin being pulled by a bicycle.
On the coffin was a message that read: “Warsaw Ghetto Genocide – 1943. Gaza Ghetto Genocide 2023.”
In another shocking clip, a gathering of young people from the Socialist Workers Party can be seen chanting “From London to Gaza”. Globalize the Intifada.’
In response to yesterday’s shocking incidents, a A spokesman for the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said Londoners shouldn’t have to tolerate such extremism every weekend.
In other shocking videos posted online, protesters can be seen bouncing effigies of dead babies on a Palestinian flag while chanting
Another photo from yesterday’s demonstrations showed a coffin being pulled by a bicycle
Said: ‘[Yesterday] witnessed another day of mass crime on London’s streets.
“Law-abiding Londoners, including London’s Jews, expect our police to enforce Britain’s laws and keep us safe.”
“Instead of imposing strict conditions under Section 12 of the Public Order Act, the Met opted for the most permissive conditions by limiting only the route of the march, once again allowing central London to be turned into a no-go zone.”
“Londoners cannot and will not tolerate a situation where the streets become a site of such extremism every weekend.”
“The Met is creating the conditions under which not just London’s Jews, but all Londoners, could find themselves in grave danger.”
“Extremists rarely limit themselves to extreme expressions. “We need action from the authorities responsible for keeping Britain safe.”
In the meantime
David Hirsch, founder of the London Center for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism, described the unadulterated joy of the protesters as comparable to that of football fans.
He said: “Some Londoners at the demonstration were thrilled by the 1,400 Hamas killings, like football fans when their team wins.”
“The joy of their victory lit up their faces.” They mocked the Jews with the religious certainty that there would soon be more Jewish murder.’
The Met’s inaction was also echoed by former Met detective Peter Bleksley, who criticized his former squad, telling the Sun: “This is sick behaviour.” The Met said they would take action against such a thing, but they simply have not done. It’s horrific.’
Footage had surfaced on social media of two women chanting in Arabic, surrounded by a sea of protesters, some of whom looked amused or confused, as if they didn’t understand, while others were actively smiling and even clapping along.
Children could be seen just meters from the two women, one of whom was carrying an object wrapped in a white shroud covered in fake blood, imitating the bodies of dead babies that had arrived from Gaza in recent days.
The women appeared to be singing “Khaibar Ya Yahud,” a chant that calls on Jews to remember an ancient massacre in Khaibar hundreds of years ago in which an entire Jewish settlement was slaughtered.
More than 100,000 people took part in the largely peaceful march on Saturday
It means “Jews, remember Khaibar” and is now widely seen as a call to kill Jewish people. The Met Police have previously arrested people over similar chants which they say could incite violence.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman released a photo of the two women on Saturday evening and said: “Officers investigating a hate crime incident in Trafalgar Square would like to speak to these two women.”
“Anyone who can help us identify them should call 101 quoting reference number 6576920/23.”
“Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The Met Police said more than 1,000 officers were monitoring protests in London on Saturday, where more than 100,000 people packed the streets in solidarity with Palestinians trapped in Gaza.
The march was mostly peaceful, but several isolated incidents marred the nature of the protests, which were aimed at calling for a ceasefire between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas to protect civilian life.
When Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israeli territory on October 7, more than 1,400 Israelis were killed and more than 200 kidnapped.
In response, Israel has launched a bombing campaign that has so far killed more than 7,700 people in Gaza, according to health authorities. In the last 24 hours, IDF forces intensified their activities with raids in the north of the Gaza Strip.
About half of those killed were reportedly children. Disturbing images of seriously injured and deceased young children and even babies who have fled the Gaza Strip in recent days.
While most of the marches across Britain on Saturday were peaceful protests, the women’s call for “slaughter” and the lack of response from the crowd around them sparked outrage.
Elsewhere, other protesters were seen carrying fake baby shrouds. One clip appeared to show them being tossed around a Palestinian flag.
In total, police arrested nine people, seven for public order violations and two for attacks on police officers.
The Met said “a number” of these arrests were being dealt with in relation to hate crimes.
A police officer was hospitalized Saturday after a protester allegedly hit him in the head with a megaphone.
The officer suffered a laceration to his head and required hospital treatment, but has since been released.
Other arrests included a man arrested at Waterloo train station for allegedly uttering racial slurs. He was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.