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Pro-Palestine vandals smash windows of Starbucks and release stick insects and mice inside four McDonald’s in spree of attacks in Yorkshire and Birmingham after calls for branches to be targeted over ‘support for Israel’


A gang of pro-Palestine vandals smashed the windows of a Starbucks in Yorkshire last night after yobs hurled mice at a string of McDonald’s restaurants in Birmingham after calling for a boycott of businesses accused of supporting Israel.

Shocking footage shows hooded men armed with hammers violently striking the glass windows of the cafe in Keighley.

In an attack on a McDonald’s franchise in Keighley, thugs draped in the red, white, green and black Palestinian flag release stick insects into the restaurant. Video of the apparent aftermath appears to indicate that its windows were also smashed by the gang last night.

It comes after a slew of vile mice attacks by pro-Palestinian activists who have accused McDonald’s of supporting Israel’s war against Hamas, the band of terrorists who slaughtered more than 1,400 Israeli civilians and kidnapped more than 220 more on October 7.

Shocking footage shows the group of men clad in black storming into the restaurant in Small Heath last night.

Chanting ‘Free, Free Palestine’ and waving the red, white, green and black Palestinian flag, one of the protesters steps forward and throws a large clear box containing white mice at staff behind the service counter.

The group then clap and repeatedly shout ‘f*** Israel’ before fleeing the restaurant as fast as they can.

Yesterday another activist shouted ‘free Palestine’ before emptying a box full of rodents into Perry Bar McDonald’s, also in Birmingham. And the day before, a different McDonald’s was targeted by the mice-hurling yobs in an incident which saw horrified diners flee the restaurant.

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A gang of pro-Palestine vandals smashed the windows of a Starbucks in Yorkshire last night

A gang of pro-Palestine vandals smashed the windows of a Starbucks in Yorkshire last night

Shocking footage shows hooded men armed with hammers violently striking the glass windows of the cafe in Keighley

Shocking footage shows hooded men armed with hammers violently striking the glass windows of the cafe in Keighley

In another attack in Keighley, vandals smashed the windows of a McDonald's

In another attack in Keighley, vandals smashed the windows of a McDonald’s

Video shows the glass panes shattered around the restaurant after thugs targeted the franchise branch

Video shows the glass panes shattered around the restaurant after thugs targeted the franchise branch

Shocking footage of the Starbucks attack shared to social media shows two hooded men violently banging against the Keighley cafe’s glass with hammers.

As they make their way around the establishment they can be seen attacking every individual glass pane.

Why are McDonald’s and Starbucks being targeted amid the Israel-Hamas war? 

Last month, Starbucks sued its union, Starbucks Workers United, after the labour organization posted a since-deleted message on X expressing solidarity with Palestinians. 

The action triggered calls to boycott Starbucks.

At McDonald’s, an Israel-based franchise announced free food for members of the Israeli military, prompting a consumer backlash and messages from other franchises distancing themselves from the move.

Also yesterday, a masked gang of pro-Palestine activists hurled rodents at a third McDonald’s restaurant in Birmingham while chanting and flag-waving in protest at the fast food chain’s alleged support of Israel.

At another chain in Birmingham, a pro-Gaza activist shouted ‘free Palestine’ before emptying a box full of mice into a McDonald’s. 

Video shows a man wearing a mask walking towards Perry Bar McDonald’s in Birmingham holding a box of mice.

The protestor then walks through the doors of the fast food chain and shouts ‘free Palestine’, before dropping the tupperware containing the rodents on the floor.

Shrieks from workers and customers can be heard in the background, as the protestor, followed by another man filming, are seen running away as fast as they can.

In other footage shared online from the same incident, restaurant workers can be seen desperately scrambling to contain the dozens of rodents that had been left in a container in the middle of the restaurant. 

The mice can be seen scurrying frantically as horrified customers watch on, with a small child heard in the background saying: ‘That’s a lot of rats’. 

The man recording the video, who claims to have stumbled upon the unfolding chaos, says behind the camera: ‘Oh my days. Look at this! They’ve just dropped this off at McDonald’s. All these rats.

‘Somebody just took that in. Oh my days’, he adds. 

The man then turns the camera around to reveal his face, as he gathers among other scared customers outside.

A third McDonald's has been hit by a pro-Palestine mice attack after a masked gang hurled dozens of rodents at staff whilst chanting and waving the Palestinian flag

A third McDonald’s has been hit by a pro-Palestine mice attack after a masked gang hurled dozens of rodents at staff whilst chanting and waving the Palestinian flag

Shocking footage shared on social media shows a group of men clad in black entering the fast food chain before one steps forward and catapults mice

Shocking footage shared on social media shows a group of men clad in black entering the fast food chain before one steps forward and catapults mice

The terrifying incident - the latest in a slew of attacks - shows mice then scrambling around the restaurant as chants continue to bellow from behind the camera

The terrifying incident – the latest in a slew of attacks – shows mice then scrambling around the restaurant as chants continue to bellow from behind the camera

This is the terrifying moment a pro-Gaza activist shouts 'free Palestine' before emptying a box full of mice into a McDonald's

This is the terrifying moment a pro-Gaza activist shouts ‘free Palestine’ before emptying a box full of mice into a McDonald’s

Shocking footage shared on social media shows a man clad in black and wearing a mask walking towards Perry Bar McDonald's in Birmingham holding a box of mice

Shocking footage shared on social media shows a man clad in black and wearing a mask walking towards Perry Bar McDonald’s in Birmingham holding a box of mice

The protestor then walks through the doors of the fast food chain and shouts 'free Palestine', before dropping the tupperware containing the rodents on the floor

The protestor then walks through the doors of the fast food chain and shouts ‘free Palestine’, before dropping the tupperware containing the rodents on the floor

It comes just a day after a pro-Palestine activist emptied another box of mice into another McDonald’s in Birmingham before walking off and shouting ‘f*** Israel’, as horrified diners fled the infested restaurant. 

In the footage of Tuesday’s attack one of the workers is seen holding a wooden broom as they look on in shock at the mice scurrying along the floor as another tries to manoeuvre a plastic bag underneath the box. 

A child’s voice can then be heard saying: ‘that is a lot of rats’ as the man filming continues to react in shock, adding: ‘look at that’. 

Later, another voice can be heard asking: Did somebody just chuck that in?’ to which the man filming replies: ‘Yeah’. 

It comes a day after shocking footage of a seperate attack shared on social media showed a man throwing a box of mice over the floor of a different McDonald’s on Monday.

Diners were waiting for meals in the branch at the Star City leisure complex in Birmingham as the mice – spray painted in the colours of the Palestinian flag – were sent scurrying across the floor. 

McDonald’s confirmed on Monday that a ‘number of mice’ were released into the restaurant and it insisted the branch, now reopened, was ‘fully sanitised’ after the rodents were removed.

In other footage shared online from the same incident, restaurant workers can be seen desperately scrambling to contain the dozens of rodents

In other footage shared online from the same incident, restaurant workers can be seen desperately scrambling to contain the dozens of rodents 

A video posted online shows the aftermath of what appears to be another protest against the fast food chain as dozens of mice are frantically seen scurrying on the floor

A video posted online shows the aftermath of what appears to be another protest against the fast food chain as dozens of mice are frantically seen scurrying on the floor

At one point in the video, the person recording, who appears to have just stumbled across the unfolding chaos, can be seen on camera. He claims someone had just 'dropped off' the mice, sending them scurrying inside the restaurant

At one point in the video, the person recording, who appears to have just stumbled across the unfolding chaos, can be seen on camera. He claims someone had just ‘dropped off’ the mice, sending them scurrying inside the restaurant 

The clip, captioned ‘enjoy your rat burgers’, begins with a man holding onto fake number plates that read ‘PAIISTN’ and ‘Free Palestine’ as he arrived in his car.

The one-man protest was part of wider calls to boycott McDonald’s – who have offered free meals to IDF soldiers – along with Starbucks and Disney, for allegedly favouring Israel during the ongoing conflict. 

The man, wearing a Palestinian flag around his head, opened the boot of his car and grabbed the box of rodents before walking into the fast food chain, spilling them onto the ground. 

In the footage, two women run away in horror as the mice scuttle across the restaurant floor. The activist can be heard repeatedly shouting ‘Free f***ing Palestine‘ as he walks back to his car, later adding ‘Boycott Israel’ and ‘F*** Israel’ before driving off. 

At the end of the footage, a block of text on the screen reads: ‘Targeted boycott. The Big Three. Start by boycotting these brands that are directly involved in supporting the Israeli apartheid.’ 

Towards the end of the video, a recording of a phone call is also played as one man can be heard bragging: ‘All the alarms and going off and that ‘the doors are closed’.  A second voice then adds: ‘Successful mission’. 

Footage posted on social media shows dozens of mice that have been painted green, black, white and red, representing the four colours that make up the Palestinian flag

Footage posted on social media shows dozens of mice that have been painted green, black, white and red, representing the four colours that make up the Palestinian flag

The video later shows a man arriving at the fast food chain's Star City restaurant yesterday evening with a huge box of mice

The video later shows a man arriving at the fast food chain’s Star City restaurant yesterday evening with a huge box of mice 

The man, who is also wearing a Palestinian flag on his head, can be seen throwing the box of miceon the floor towards two women who immediately run away in horror

The man, who is also wearing a Palestinian flag on his head, can be seen throwing the box of miceon the floor towards two women who immediately run away in horror

A spokesperson for McDonald’s told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of an incident in our Birmingham Star City restaurant this evening. The restaurant has been fully sanitised and our pest control partners have been called out to conduct a full inspection.’

West Midlands Police said it is investigating the case after ‘live rodents were thrown into a restaurant’.

A statement on X added: ‘We understand the distress this will have caused and it’s not acceptable in any circumstances.

‘This is currently being treated as a public nuisance offence and we’ve active lines on enquiries to identify, and then arrest, who was involved’. 

It is currently unclear who exactly has been behind the McDonald’s mice stunts – and whether they are they same person – as the man who originally posted a video of the incident on Monday denied responsibility.

Former limousine hire company worker and convicted fraudster Aamir Khan, 32, told MailOnline he had been sent the clip of the incident on Monday evening anonymously.

His brother Zahid, a fugitive who fled to Dubai before the pair were convicted over an exclusive car number plate scam five years ago, told us Mr Khan had merely re-posted the clip on TikTok which then went viral.

Mr Khan’s TikTok and Instagram accounts – where friends congratulated him on the stunt – have now been deleted and police have launched an investigation to trace the person who emptied a box.

Mr Khan’s Instagram page included numerous pictures of him posing on the driveway of what was once the Khan family home in Moseley, Birmingham, with one as recently a fortnight ago.

Former limousine hire company worker and convicted fraudster Aamir Khan, 32, (pictured) told MailOnline he had been sent the clip of the incident on Monday evening anonymously

Former limousine hire company worker and convicted fraudster Aamir Khan, 32, (pictured) told MailOnline he had been sent the clip of the incident on Monday evening anonymously

Mr Khan's TikTok and Instagram accounts ¿ where friends congratulated him on the stunt ¿ have now been deleted and police have launched an investigation to find the person who emptied a box full of live mice

Mr Khan’s TikTok and Instagram accounts – where friends congratulated him on the stunt – have now been deleted and police have launched an investigation to find the person who emptied a box full of live mice

Mr Khan's (pictured) Instagram page suggested he worked at Royal Limos, a luxury hire car company in the city

Mr Khan’s (pictured) Instagram page suggested he worked at Royal Limos, a luxury hire car company in the city

Mr Khan's (pictured) Instagram page included numerous pictures of him posing on the driveway of what was once the Khan family home in Moseley, Birmingham, one as recently as a fortnight ago

Mr Khan’s (pictured) Instagram page included numerous pictures of him posing on the driveway of what was once the Khan family home in Moseley, Birmingham, one as recently as a fortnight ago

Neighbours said the address, once said to be house with an indoor swimming pool, has been turned into a house of multiple occupancy but was still within the Khan family. Land Registry documents show it was bought by a Basharaf Khan in March.

One neighbour said Aamir Khan still visited regularly, adding: ‘I saw him go off with friends recently in a blue Range Rover’. Another said he had noticed a Palestinian flag in the porch of the property just a matter of days ago, while a tenant at the address said she believed he kept a first floor flat there.

Occupants at the address also recognised pictures of Mr Khan, with one tenant saying: ‘His name is Aamir and he is the owner. He comes around in the evenings sometimes.’

A Vauxhall Corsa said to belong to Mr Khan was amongst the vehicles parked in the gated driveway this afternoon.

Neighbours at another address linked to the Khan family in the Hall Green suburb said Aaamir sometimes ‘turned up at the wheel of a supercar’ to visit the occupants.

Mr Khan’s Instagram page suggested he worked at Royal Limos, a luxury hire car company in the city.

But a man answering the phone at the limo company claimed Mr Khan left the firm four years ago, and now had a loose relationship whereby he was paid commission for attracting customers through publishing the firm’s vehicles on his social media.

The man, who called himself Adam, denied having anything to do with the McDonald’s incident.

When he was contacted via social media, Mr Khan said the McDonald’s video was ‘sent to me anonymously so I don’t know who did it.’

In 2018, Birmingham Crown Court heard that Aamir’s brother, Zahid Khan was the ringleader of a West Midlands gang – which included Aamir and Ayan Ahmed plus cousin Zubair Ahmad – who stole the rights to high-value personalised registration plates and sold them on for tens of thousands of pounds. 

Just days before the trial was due to finish Zahid, then 31, fled the country. He was given a 10-year prison sentence after being found guilty in his absence.

The jury in June failed to reach a verdict on his three co-defendants, but all were found unanimously guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud after another trial.

Zahid went on to taunt police and the judge from his Dubai bolthole, where he posted videos of himself carousing with rapper Busta Rhymes at a VIP party.

Speaking to MailOnline from Dubai via WhatsApp yesterday, Zahid said his brother had only reposted a video he had been sent.

West Midlands Police said was treating the McDonald’s incident as a ‘public nuisance offence’.

The force added in a statement: ‘We understand the distress this will have caused and it’s not acceptable in any circumstances…we’ve active lines on enquiries to identify, and then arrest, who was involved’.



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