Outrage over pro-Hamas protest as London police officer threatens man with arrest for 'openly Jewish' appearance

London's Metropolitan Police are accused of capitulating to radical pro-Hamas activists last weekend by threatening to arrest a British Jew because his presence was deemed provocative by a crowd of anti-Israel protesters.

Shocking video released by the UK Campaign Against Antisemitism, taken from the pro-Hamas and anti-Israel march, shows a Metropolitan Police officer ordering Gideon Falter, the CEO of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, not to crossing a street because of his “overtly Jewish” appearance. . Falter was returning from a Saturday synagogue service and was wearing a kippah, or skullcap.

The London police officer even threatened Falter with arrest. He accused Falter of “breaking the peace with all these other people.” Falter was accompanied by five other people, some of whom also wore skullcaps.


Falter told Fox News Digital: “What happened to me is a shame. Imagine what it felt like to be told by police officers that being “openly Jewish” would “upset” people and therefore I must leave the area or face arrest. “.

Critics have argued that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley is incapable of imposing order on London's streets and calls are now growing for his dismissal.

“The time has come for Sir Mark Rowley to go. He must resign or be removed from office by the Mayor of London and the Home Secretary,” Falter said.

Falter continued: “Almost a week after the incident, Assistant Commissioner Sir Mark issued a statement calling my presence “provocative” and saying that by making public what had happened I had “ shaken the confidence of many London Jews.”

Protesters hold signs and Palestinian flags

Protesters hold placards and Palestinian flags during an anti-Israel rally in Trafalgar Square, London, November 4, 2023. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Falter said: “The outrage that followed forced the Met to apologize once again. This time it was for their appalling and abject condemnation of the victim, which came from above and showed that after six months, Sir Mark's Met still doesn't get it and isn't about to give up. improve unless there is a change in direction.”

Falter continued: “What happened to me was the inevitable conclusion of six months of inertia and contextualization of crimes by a Met that restricted the rights of law-abiding Londoners in order to appease crowds filled with anti-racists -Jews and terrorist sympathizers.”


Anti-Israeli demonstration in London

Anti-Israel protesters march in London on December 9, 2023. (Andy Soloman/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Rowley told Fox News Digital: “Every member of the Met is determined to ensure that London is a city where everyone feels safe. We fully understand how vulnerable Jewish and Muslim Londoners feel following the terrorist attacks on Israel. Some of our actions have multiplied. I personally reiterate our apologies from the beginning of the week. Today, like every other day, our officers will continue to police with courage, empathy and impartiality.

a police officer confronts Falter

A London police officer confronts Gideon Falter, CEO of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, about his “openly Jewish” appearance. (Campaign against anti-Semitism)

In an article published in The Times of London on Sunday, Falter wrote: “The march moved towards us and after a few minutes the crowd became denser, people stopping and shouting abuse at us: 'Disgusting' , “lock them up”, “Nazis”. “, “scum”, there were people there, right there, expressing as loud as they could how much they hated me because I looked Jewish, and not a single person said, “You “Shouldn't do that” or “I disapprove.”

Falter wrote that the Metropolitan Police had created a “no-go zone” for Jews in central London, adding that it was now a “police-controlled Jewish-free zone.”

Falter told Fox News Digital that Rowley's “failure to restrict the marches using his powers under the Public Order Act 1986 made it impossible to properly control and monitor them.” As a direct result of this failure, countless anti-Semitic hate crimes and terrorism offenses have been committed in broad daylight on our streets during protests, and those responsible have been released because its agents, vastly outnumbered, are powerless to intervene and some front-line officers were even hospitalized.

London police officer sparks outrage after suggesting swastikas should be 'contextualized' with Jewish woman

Police officers and protesters on Vauxhall Bridge during the anti-Israel march in central London, November 11, 2023. (Richard Baker/In Pictures via Getty Images)

Former British Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who previously urged police to ban pro-Hamas marches, called for Rowley's resignation in a Sunday Telegraph article. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fired the outspoken Braverman after calling for the need to curb mass anti-Semitic spectacles taking place in London.

She wrote in the Sunday Telegraph: “Either it's gross incompetence or it's a culture from above, where thugs are free to bully and harass while the rest of us should shut up and stay away. »

Braverman continued: “If the marches are so peaceful, why was an “openly Jewish” man blocked from marching near them? Despite the excuses, and then the excuses for excuses, the truth is frightening. Over the last six months we have seen failure after failure by the Met.”

She said: “If the Met Commissioner is unable or unwilling to ensure that his officers enforce the law, and [London Mayor] Sadiq Khan is happy with the soft approach to hate marches, so the PM needs to take back control. »

Fox News Digital reported last month that Israel's minister for combating anti-Semitism, Amichai Chikli, called London “the most anti-Semitic city in the world.”


Mark Rowley and the Mayor of London

Calls are growing for Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley to leave, resign or be fired over his force's treatment of London's Jews during anti-Israel protests. (Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, told Fox News Digital that “London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has made many positive statements against anti-Semitism, has contributed to an environment in which British Jewish taxpayers are seen more as Jewish citizens.” a threat to public order than pro-Hamas activists.

Cooper, an international expert on anti-Semitism, added that Falter's persecution “reflects the failure at the top of the police and the mayor.” He urged the mayor and police to “talk less and act decisively before it is too late.”

A spokesperson for Khan told Fox News Digital last month: “The mayor speaks regularly with members of the Jewish community, and despite their real and ongoing concerns, most disagree with the extent of the language used by the minister… The mayor continues. to reiterate that with tensions high, all Londoners need to be mindful of the language we use and how our actions make others feel – without stoking divisions, but bringing communities together.


The UK Home Office – the equivalent of the US Department of Homeland Security – said: “We welcome the Met's apology and recognize the complexity of policing rapid public protests, but the simple fact of Being Jewish – or any other race or religion – should never be considered provocative.


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