People have been filmed driving through London in a convoy of cars shouting antisemitic obscenities.
One of the passengers yelled ‘F**k the Jews, rape their daughters’ through a loudspeaker as they drove through residential areas.
Video was filmed in Finchley Road, St John’s Wood, near a Jewish Community centre, with the man claiming ‘We have to send a message’.
The cars, carrying Palestinian flags, are understood to have then driven towards central London to continue their rally.
The incident was described as ‘genuinely terrifying’ when posted online.
Housing minister Robert Jenrick also shared the video, saying: ‘This, on the streets of London is deeply disturbing. Vile, criminal hatred like this must not be tolerated.’
Boris Johnson said: ‘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.’
Comedy writer Sara Gibbs tweeted: ‘I am one of the daughters people are calling to be raped. For the crime of being Jewish. For the crime of not being able to control a conflict dating back decades before my birth thousands of miles away. Palestinians deserve better than this “activism”. This isn’t how to help.
‘I just had to call my mother. She was out in the area for a walk with my grandma. I told her to take grandma and get indoors. In England. In 2021.
‘Last night somewhere close to where I live was daubed with swastikas. It’s the first time I’ve ever considered taking the mezuzah down from my door to be safe. Then I immediately hated myself for even thinking that.’
Yesterday, thousands of people protested in London angry at Israeli military action in Gaza, where airstrikes have killed at least 181 Palestinians, including 52 children and 31 women.
Israel has reported 10 dead from rockets fired into the country by Hamas, including two children, one of whom was five years old.
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘We are aware of a number of cars that have joined a demonstration in central London this afternoon.
‘Road closures are in place around #Whitehall and disruption is expected.
‘Officers are in the area and are engaging with those taking part.’
Police said in a further statement: ‘We are aware of a video appearing to show antisemitic language being shouted from a convoy of cars in the St John’s Wood area this afternoon.
‘Officers are carrying out urgent enquiries to identify those responsible. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.’
They later added that the vehicle involved had been identified and the force was making enquiries to locate the occupants.
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