The Home Secretary will demand an explanation from Sir Mark Rowley over why his officers stood by as demonstrators called for a ‘jihad’ against Israel, while others were filmed chanting ‘pro-Hamas slogans’.
In one demonstration on the same day that 100,000 people marched through London in support of Palestine, members of the extremist group Hazb ut-Tahrir – which has been banned in almost all Arab countries – were filmed shouting ‘jihad’ .
During a separate demonstration on Saturday, a man was filmed waving a black and white Islamic flag while reportedly shouting in Arabic: ‘God’s curse be upon the Jews’ and ‘God’s curse upon Israel’. He was arrested for inciting racial hatred.
Meanwhile, Transport for London is under pressure to sack a Tube driver who led passengers in anti-Israel chants on Saturday including ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’. TfL claims not to know his identity.
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In a demonstration outside the Egyptian Embassy in London on Saturday members of the extremist group Hazib ut-Tahrir were filmed shouting ‘jihad’
The group’s leader Luqman Muqeem (pictured) previously said Hamas were ‘heroes’ for killing Israelis and the attack of October 7 had ‘made us all very, very happy’
During a separate demonstration on Saturday, a man was filmed waving an Islamic flag while reportedly shouting: ‘God’s curse be upon the Jews’ and ‘God’s curse upon Israel’
The Met replied to claims the man was waving an ‘ISIS flag’ by saying it was a flag containing the ‘shahada’, or the Islamic declaration of faith. Prof Peter Neumann, from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, later told the Telegraph: ‘It’s the Islamic proclamation of faith against a black background. This is often used by jihadists, but not exclusively so’
A source close to Mrs Braverman said she would be ‘asking Sir Mark for an explanation over the response’ by police to incidents that took place on the same day as the pro-Palestinian protests in the capital.
The source added: ‘There can be no place for incitement to hatred or violence on Britain’s streets and, as the Home Secretary has made clear, the police are urged to crack down on anyone breaking the law.’
Robert Jenrick said officials would be speaking to the Met after the force said it believed no offences had been committed at the Hizb ut-Tahrir rally where there were chants of ‘jihad’ and calls for ‘Muslim armies’ to move against Israel.
The immigration minister also vowed to kick people who ‘spread hate or support proscribed terrorist organisations like Hamas’ out of the country, suggesting those who held visas could have them revoked.
The Met had said in a statement: ‘The word jihad has a number of meanings but we know the public will most commonly associate it with terrorism. We have specialist counter-terrorism officers here who have particular knowledge in this area.
‘They have assessed this video, filmed at the Hizb ut-Tahrir protest in central London today, and have not identified any offences arising from the specific clip. However, recognising the way language like this will be interpreted by the public and the divisive impact it will have, officers have identified the man involved and will be speaking to him shorty to discourage any repeat of similar chanting.’
Twitter users added a community note under the Met’s tweet which read: ‘The Met Police’s ”What is hate crime?” document states: ”The offence of incitement to hatred occurs when someone acts in a way that is threatening and intended to stir up hatred… Hate content may include: messages calling for violence against a specific person or group”.’
On Saturday, 100,000 attended the pro-Palestine rally in the capital calling for a ceasefire in the Middle East after terrorist group Hamas massacred 1,400 Israelis, sparking weeks of air strikes from the Jewish state which have killed more than 4,300 Palestinians – according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza.
During Saturday’s protest, video shared on social media showed one speaker asking a crowd ‘What is the solution to liberate people from the concentration camp called Palestine?’
To this the crowd chanted ‘jihad! jihad! jihad!’.
A poster held by organisers of the rally read: ‘Muslim Armies! Rescue the People of Palestine.’
There were chants of ‘jihad! jihad! jihad!’ at the Hazib ut-Tahrir rally outside the Egyptian embassy in London on Saturday
Another speaker was seen saying that ‘the solution is jihad and jihad alone’. The Met Police said it had ‘not identified any offences’ at the event
The Met later tweeted that the word ‘jihad’ had ‘multiple meanings’. Twitter users added a community note under the Met’s post
Suella Braverman will meet with the Metropolitan Police today to express her frustrations following the incidents on Saturday
At the same event, the speaker added that the only solution to liberate the people of Palestine was ‘jihad by the armies of the Muslim countries’.
‘Not by you and me, what training do I have? There are people with arms – in Egypt, in Pakistan, in Saudi Arabia, in Jordan, across the Muslim world – and right now they are boiling like we are boiling.’
Another speaker was seen saying ‘the solution is jihad and jihad alone’.
In general terms the word ‘jihad’ is a reference to a Muslim’s obligation to follow and realise God’s will, but it has in recent years been used by extremist Islamic groups to justify violence against people they consider opponents of the religion.
The group holding the demonstration Hizb ut-Tahrir is an Islamic fundamentalist group that has called for the re-establishment of an Islamic caliphate and for the global implementation of sharia law.
It has been banned in almost all Arab countries, as well as Muslim-majority nations such as Turkey, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Video circulating online appears to show the Central Line driver leading a chant of ‘Free, free Palestine’ for the hundreds of people packed tightly into busy train
Those on the Tube train could be seen joining in with the driver’s chants on their way to the solidarity march
Former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair both tried to ban the extremist group which had pledged to ‘wipe out the Zionist entity’ and referred to ‘monstrous Jews’.
In a separate demonstration a man wearing all black was seen waving a black and white Islamic flag in Whitehall, while another male in a grey hoodie held up a megaphone to his mouth and appeared to be bellowing ‘Hamas’.
The 35-second viral clip has had more than three million views on X, formerly known as Twitter. The Telegraph reported the men chant ‘God’s curse be upon the Jews’ and ‘God’s curse upon Israel’.
The Met yesterday said that it had arrested the man. They posted a photo of him on X, writing: ‘Yesterday this man was filmed shouting racist abuse in Whitehall. Tonight he is in custody having being arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.’
But critics said the Met’s actions could have come sooner, with some labelling it ‘outrageous’ that officers did not intervene in the event.
The force replied to claims the man was waving an ‘ISIS flag’ by saying it was a flag containing the ‘shahada’, or the Islamic declaration of faith.
Prof Peter Neumann, from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, later told the Telegraph: ‘It’s the Islamic proclamation of faith against a black background. This is often used by jihadists, but not exclusively so.’
Protesters during a pro-Palestine march organised by Stop the War Coalition and Palestine Solidarity Campaign in central London on Saturday