Prime Minister Boris Johnson has openly condemned video footage showing a group of people driving slowly around central London screaming anti-Semitic chants while waving the flag of Palestine and inciting violence against Jews.
Several top government officials have condemned the move, with Boris Johnson leading the charge … he wrote on Twitter, “There is no place for antisemitism in our society.
“Ahead of Shavuot, I stand with Britain’s Jews who should not have to endure the type of shameful racism we have seen today.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel, who shared the video to her Twitter feed, also condemned the behaviour and urged the Met Police to intervene, “This is disgusting antisemitism. There is no place for this hatred in the UK. I expect @metpoliceuk to be taking this seriously.”
Dominic Raab also condemned the video and wrote, “It is disgusting and disgraceful, and there can be no place for it in our society.”
The video showed the convoy of cars drive through a Jewish community in north London while passengers shouted “f**k their mothers, f*** their daughters”.
Passengers were seen standing out of sun roof’s and waving the Palestine flag, while a second video, shared by Nigel Farage, showed a large number of vehicles driving through Golders Green donning the Palestine flag.
The Met Police confirmed they have launched an urgent probe into the incident.
A spokesperson for Community Security Trust, a charity providing safety for the Jewish community in the UK, Dave Rich said, “This video of vile antisemitism being shouted from a car as it passed through an area of London with a large Jewish community has caused enormous upset and alarm.
“It is outrageous and we are working closely with the police to assist in identifying the culprits. Tonight is the beginning of the Jewish festival of Shavuot and it is disgraceful that Jewish people should be subjected to this kind of intimidation as they prepare to celebrate.”
The video footage comes after nine police officers were injured and missiles were thrown amid efforts to disperse pro-Palestine protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday.
Thousands of people marched through London in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Met Police said small pockets of disorder had followed a largely peaceful demonstration. Protestors returned to the streets today.