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‘This is sick behaviour!’: Outrage at Palestinian protester filmed clutching blood-soaked effigy of dead baby in London triggering ‘hate crime’ probe


Anger erupted last night after a video emerged showing a woman taking part in the pro-Palestine march through London on Sunday holding an effigy of a dead baby and shouting ‘Slaughter the Jews’.

Police are appealing for information to identify her and a second woman, who both led the chant in full view of dozens of onlookers, saying they are investigating the ‘sick’ incident as a hate crime.

Footage emerged on social media of the women chanting in Arabic surrounded by a sea of protesters, some of whom looked bemused or confused as if they did not understand, while others actively smiled and even clapped along.

Children were seen just feet away from the two women, one of whom was carrying an object wrapped in a white shroud covered in fake blood which imitated the bodies of dead babies which have come out of Gaza in recent days.

The women appeared to be chanting ‘Khaibar Ya Yahud’, a chant telling Jews to remember an ancient massacre in Khaibar hundreds of years ago in which an entire Jewish settlement was slaughtered.

Other footage appeared to show protesters 'bouncing' effigies of dead babies on a Palestinian flag

Other footage appeared to show protesters ‘bouncing’ effigies of dead babies on a Palestinian flag

Police officers are appealing for anyone who recognises the two women to come forward

Police officers are appealing for anyone who recognises the two women to come forward

More than 100,000 people turned out to the largely peaceful march on Saturday

More than 100,000 people turned out to the largely peaceful march on Saturday

Meaning ‘Jews, remember Khaibar’, it is now generally seen as a call to kill Jewish people. The Met Police have previously arrested people for similar chants which they say can incite violence.

Releasing a photo of the two women on Saturday night, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Officers investigating a hate crime incident in Trafalgar Square would like to speak to these two women. 

‘Anyone who can help us identify them should call 101, giving the reference 6576920/23. 

‘Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.’

But many on social media were enraged that officers were not there to step in at the time.

Ex-Met detective Peter Bleksley criticised his former force. He told the Sun: ‘This is sick behaviour. The Met said they would crackdown on this sort of thing and quite simply they haven’t. It’s appalling.’

David Hirsch, founder for the London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism, said: ‘Some Londoners on the demo were thrilled by the 1,400 Hamas murders, like football fans are when their team wins.

‘The joy of their victory lit up their faces. They taunted Jews with a religious certainty that there would be more Jew-killing soon.’

Ex-Met detective Peter Bleksley criticised his former force

Ex-Met detective Peter Bleksley criticised his former force

The march was overwhelmingly peaceful, but several isolated incidents marred the nature of the protests

The march was overwhelmingly peaceful, but several isolated incidents marred the nature of the protests

Officers were seen clashing with protesters as things became heated on Saturday afternoon

Officers were seen clashing with protesters as things became heated on Saturday afternoon

A man was arrested on Whitehall after an officer was ‘struck in the head with an object’ – witnesses claim the weapon was a megaphone 

The Met Police said more than 1,000 officers policed protests in London on Saturday which saw more than 100,000 people throng the streets in solidarity with Palestinians trapped in Gaza. 

The march was overwhelmingly peaceful, but several isolated incidents marred the nature of the protests, which were aimed at calling for a ceasefire between Israel and the terror group Hamas to protect civilian life.

More than 1,400 Israelis were killed and more than 200 kidnapped when Hamas launched a surprise incursion into Israeli territory on October 7. 

Israel has launched a campaign of bombing in response which health officials in Gaza say has so far killed more than 7,700 people, with IDF forces ramping up activities with raids into northern Gaza over the past 24 hours. 

Around half of those killed are said to be children, with distressing images of severely injured and deceased young children and even babies flooding out of the Gaza Strip in recent days.

While most attending marches around the UK on Saturday protested peacefully, the women’s call for ‘slaughter’, and the lack of response from the crowd around them, caused outrage. 

Met police made a second arrest in London as a man in Waterloo Station was heard shouting 'racist remarks'

Met police made a second arrest in London as a man in Waterloo Station was heard shouting ‘racist remarks’

The Met Police issued a photo of their injured officer in hospital and said he is 'in good spirits'

The Met Police issued a photo of their injured officer in hospital and said he is ‘in good spirits’

Elsewhere, other protesters were seen carrying fake baby shrouds, with one clip appearing to show them being ‘bounced’ around on top of a Palestinian flag.

In total police arrested nine people, seven for public order related offences and two for assaults on police officers.

The Met said that ‘a number’ of those arrests were being treated as linked to hate crimes. 

One police officer was rushed to hospital on Saturday after a protester allegedly hit him on the head with a megaphone.

The officer was left with a head laceration and required hospital treatment, but they have now been discharged. 

Among the other arrests was a man who was detained at Waterloo station after allegedly saying racist insults. He was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.





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