Brexit leader Nigel Farage declares, “London in 2021 is not a safe place to be” after footage emerges of Saturday’s pro-Palestinian activities where a car was attacked during a demonstration against Israel.
London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said the National Demonstration for Palestine passed without “any significant incidents.” In a statement, however, the Met collaborated footage shared online of Palestinian flag-waving thugs attacked a car as it was passing by.
MyLondon reported on the incident and a video shared on social media by Vivian Aisen, a diplomat and director of public diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel in London.
On Twitter, she wrote a post sharing the footage: “Crazy people walking free in the streets of London! #Hamas #ISIS #MuslimBrotherhood #Palestinian Islamic Jihad #Hezbollah #Iran: they are all the same. Jihad led ideologies, fighting the Western civilisation and the Judeo-Christian ethics. We need to fight back!”
Officers from Scotland Yard were assaulted with makeshift missiles during the protest.
Police arrested a total of seven men during the anti-Israel demonstration, with three arrested for violent disorder, two for going equipped to steal, one racially aggravated public order offense, and one homophobic public order offense.
After hours of speeches in Hyde Park from leftist activists and Muslims, the groups began roaming the streets of the British capital.
“Damage was caused to a passing car, and some missiles were thrown at officers. Efforts to engage with the group proved unsuccessful,” the Met said.
“In order to prevent a further breach of the peace and to ensure the safety of the wider community, the group was contained by officers and released in a controlled manner with those responsible for offences arrested and the remainder ordered to disperse,” the force added.
Sharing footage of the attack on the car, Brexit leader Nigel Farage said: “London in 2021 is not a safe place to be. Sadiq Khan and the Met police need to get a grip quickly.”
Chief Superintendent Andy Walker led the police operations during Saturday’s protest, he said:
“Today we saw a significant number of people gather in central London to take part in a demonstration. Our policing plan was successfully implemented, and I am pleased that the main event was facilitated safely and without incident.
“We reacted quickly to the decision by a small group to break away from the main protest, and where offences were identified, arrests were made.
“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still striking a careful balance between the rights of demonstrators and the need to keep Londoners safe and prevent a resurgence of the virus. I am grateful to the majority of those who attended this event and to our officers for helping to achieve those objectives today.”
There has been an increase in antisemitic incidents in Britain in recent weeks.
Last Sunday, for example, a convoy of cars rolled through London waving Palestinian flags. One protester was heard shouting: “F*** the Jews,” “F*** their mothers,” “F*** their daughters,” and “Rape their daughters.”
Isreal Embassy spokesman Ohad Zemet told Trevor Philips that he is deeply concerned about the rise of antisemitism in the UK as he appeared on Sky News on Sunday.
“What we have seen is the same ideology that we’ve seen in Gaza, the same jihadi ideology… Now with social media, we see it here, we’ve seen it in front of the Israeli embassy, Israeli flags torn up, rocks fired at the police, and this convoy, this ISIS-like convoy chanting death to Jews and rape to their daughters, this is appalling,” Zemet said.
A similar “Free Palestine” demonstration was held last Saturday outside the Israel embassy in London. Police were attacked by radicals chanting “Allahu Akbar” while hitting officers with makeshift missiles and wooden sticks.