Boris Johnson has condemned acts of shameful racism after a convoy of vehicles bearing Palestinian flags drove through a Jewish neighbourhood in north London while the passengers shrieked ‘f* their mothers, f* their daughters’.
Footage on social media showed the vehicles passing down Finchley Road with passengers heard to scream vulgar language and threats upon Jews.
Onlookers were left horrified after the convoy yelled: ”F* all of them. F* their mothers, f*** their daughters and show your support for Palestine. Rape their daughters and we have to send a message like that. Please do it for the poor children in Gaza.’
The Metropolitan Police said they were aware of the incident in the St John’s Wood area and were carrying out urgent enquiries to identify those responsible, and the force said that this kind of behaviour would not be tolerated.
The footage, along with other incidents that have emerged following large pro-Palestine demonstrations over the weekend, has won cross-party criticism.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that there’s no place for anti-Semitism in our society and that Ahead of Shavuot, he stood with Britain’s Jews who shouldn’t have to endure this type of shameful racism.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted that hate crimes were inexcusable and had no place in our city and that he’d been in touch with the Met Police Commissioner about the appalling reports of antisemitic attacks over the weekend.
He said that Londoner’s could expect to see high visibility police patrols and that the Met Police had been working jointly with the Community Security Trust, and that he and his team would continue to monitor the situation closely.
Labour MP Tulip Siddiq condemned the horrifying displays of anti-Semitism in Finchley, adding that there was no place for vile hate speech.
Tulip Siddiq, the MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, tweeted that she’d seen the footage of horrifying antisemitic behaviour on the Finchley Road in her constituency, and that it had been referred to the police and she hoped action would be taken, and that this vile hate speech had no place in Hampstead and Kilburn or anywhere else.
Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, told a news outlet that this convoy and demonstration was entirely predictable and preventable and that they’d been advertised for a week.
And he said Jews had to witness the frightful reality that in 2021, people can drive through the metropolis of our country calling for our daughters to be raped, with nobody in sight to protect them or take action.
He said that there must be an immediate police crackdown on those responsible for these acts of Jew-hatred and an inquiry into why the Metropolitan Police Service allowed these demonstrations to go ahead without proper measures in position to prevent this criminality.
This was abusive speech, and antisemitic people should be treated harshly, particularly if they’re found to be guilty of their wrongdoing, and our government should ensure that law and order is enforced via the police force, although our police are normally vastly outnumbered, so there’s not a lot they can do because of government cutbacks.
The situation doesn’t look very good, and what is this country becoming? And this is utterly disgraceful, but what’s more disgraceful is nothing will be done about it, and our politicians have become a sham, and it’s about time the army was brought in to deal with stuff like this, but like usual the hatred will go on.