(LONDON) MET Police Report: Arrest four men in connection with a video which appeared to show anti-Semitic abuse being shouted from a car #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.18: Officers investigating a video which appeared to show anti-Semitic abuse being shouted from a car in north London have made four arrests:

LONDON: MET: Four arrests following video of anti-Semitic abuse: Police received reports of people shouting anti-Semitic abuse from a car travelling within a convoy of vehicles through the St John’s Wood area on the afternoon of Sunday, 16 May.

Enquiries were carried out and officers traced a car to the A40 in Hillingdon. The police helicopter was deployed and officers stopped the car at approximately 18:30hrs. 

Four men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. They were taken into custody at a west London police station where they remain.

Superintendent Jo Edwards, in charge of the policing operation, said: “This behaviour was utterly shocking and will not be tolerated. I understand that this would have caused considerable concern within the community and we have arranged extra patrols in the St John’s Wood and Golders Green areas this evening.”

Officers also engaged with protesters at a planned demonstration on Whitehall during the afternoon. The event passed peacefully and concluded without any arrests.

This is disgusting antisemitism. 

There is no place for this hatred in the UK. 

I expect @metpoliceuk to be taking this seriously. https://t.co/O1nXJ7Fk0z

— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) May 16, 2021

Finchley Road. North London. 2021.

Genuinely terrifying. pic.twitter.com/8I4puROGeA

— Spotify fan JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) May 16, 2021

Some on Twitter are claiming that this video has been doctored. That may be the case. But would anyone really be surprised if it turns out to be authentic, given the genocidal hatred and bloodlust of the “Palestinian” jihadis and many of their supporters?

Protesters in London today chant in Arabic a battle cry that translates to, “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.” It refers to the Muslim massacre of Jews of the town of that name in 7th century Arabia. pic.twitter.com/fuReDQVbBx

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 15, 2021

BBC News: Four men arrested in anti-Semitism video investigation: Boris Johnson earlier condemned the “shameful racism” aimed at British Jews, which had “no place” in society & Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the incident was “utterly disgusting”, adding: “There must be consequences”.

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By Francesca Gillett, Chris Bell & Dulcie Lee
BBC News

A grab from the video filmed and shared on social media, it shows two cars parked at traffic lights with Palestinian flags
BBC News

The person who filmed the video told the BBC they cried after witnessing the scene, adding: “I don’t feel safe.”

It comes as Israel launched strikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired rockets at southern Israeli cities in the worst violence in the region since 2014.

‘I felt frightened’

On Sunday, a video was posted on social media appearing to show a convoy of cars with Palestinian flags driving down a street, with a man shouting anti-Semitic abuse from a megaphone.

The person who filmed the video – who wanted to remain anonymous – said they started filming when they heard “excessive hooting” outside their window in north London.

“They happened to stop at a set of traffic lights and I was able to capture what happened.

“I cried. How is this the world we live in today?”

They added: “I felt immediately frightened and appalled that this is happening in this country. What if I was walking alone wearing something that identified me as Jewish? What might have happened?

“I don’t feel safe in my own home, and that’s what terrifies me.”

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said it deployed one of its helicopters to help trace the vehicle and officers stopped the car at approximately 18:30 BST on Sunday.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. They have been taken into custody at a west London police station where they remain.

The police said the video appeared to be filmed in the St John’s Wood area. St John’s Wood is an area in north London which is home to a Jewish community.

Superintendent Jo Edwards, in charge of the policing operation, said the behaviour was “utterly shocking” and added that extra police patrols will be in place in St John’s Wood and Golders Green on Sunday evening.

Officers will be sent to key venues, police said, “to provide maximum reassurance to the local community, and deal robustly with anyone committing racially aggravated offences towards the Jewish community”.

‘Inexcusable’

The prime minister was among many politicians to condemn the video on social media. 

“There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society,” Mr Johnson tweeted. “Ahead of Shavuot, I stand with Britain’s Jews who should not have to endure the type of shameful racism we have seen today.” 

Shavuot is a Jewish festival beginning on Sunday that celebrates when the children of Israel received the Ten Commandments.

Sir Keir said: “Utterly disgusting. Anti-Semitism, misogyny and hate have no place on our streets or in our society. There must be consequences.”

Mike Freer, the local MP for Finchley and Golders Green, said: “The scenes I’ve witnessed in my constituency today have left me sick to my stomach.”

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the police had his “full backing” for their zero-tolerance approach, and Londoners could expect to see “high visibility police patrols”.

“Hate crimes are inexcusable and have no place in our city,” he said.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign – one of the organisers of a protest in London on Saturday in support of the Palestinians – also condemned the incident.

“The vile anti-Semitism shouted today from a convoy of cars has no place in the Palestine solidarity movement,” it said in a tweet. “We condemn it and all anti-Semitism, on it’s own account and also as it serves to undermine the anti-racist struggle for Palestinian rights.”

Thousands of people attended Saturday’s protest, which called on the UK government to step in and “stop allowing Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people to go unpunished”.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.18: 2021:

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