The Security Minister Robert Jenrick has slammed a pro-Hamas mob who were waving Palestinian flags in support of the militant group’s attack on Israel.
Jenrick has demanded that the Metropolitan Police take action over the “disgusting” celebrations of Hamas attack on Israel seen in London on Saturday evening.
Jenrick who is a senior Home Office Minister jumped into action after Countdown’s Rachel Riley published a video on X showing the pro-Hama mob celebrating the attacks in Israel.
Riley’s post on the social media site said: “Acton, half an hour ago. Popped into a cafe for some baklava with the kids and our Ukrainian friends.
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“People have been brutally murdered, kidnapped and there are people in London dancing.
“Just had a reassuring call with the police, if anyone is scared, please call them.”
She added, “Most people understand this is an abomination. No-one should cheer war and death.”
These disgusting people are glorifying the terrorist activities of Hamas, a proscribed organisation.
There is no place for this in the UK.
— Robert Jenrick (@RobertJenrick) October 7, 2023
Jenrick shared Riley’s post on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, and said: “These disgusting people are glorifying the terrorist activities of Hamas, a proscribed organisation.
“There is no place for this in the UK.
“I trust @metpoliceuk will be taking this seriously.”
More than 100 Israelis have been kidnapped by Hamas and the “ongoing hostage situation” involves women and children and Israeli soldiers.
The Home Secretary Suella Braverman has also said that she wants the “full force of the law” to be used over displays of support for Hamas.
The Met Police have stepped up patrols in London after Jenrick urged them to intervene after social media showed cars driving in the capital with Palestinian flags.
The cars were in West London with the flags flying from the windows with people “bouncing up and down in their cars” who were “seemingly celebrating like they were having a party.”
Braverman posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday morning, saying: “Whenever Israel is attacked, Islamists and other racists use Israeli defensive measures as a pretext to stir up hatred against British Jews.
“Yesterday I spoke with @CST_UK to ensure the Government is doing everything necessary for the protection of our Jewish communities.
“There must be zero tolerance for antisemitism or glorification of terrorism on the streets of Britain.
“I expect the police to use the full force of the law against displays of support for Hamas, other proscribed terrorist groups or attempts to intimidate British Jews.”
In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “We are aware of a number of incidents, including those that have been shared on social media, in relation to the ongoing conflict in Israel and the border with Gaza.
“The Met has increased policing patrols across parts of London in order to provide a visible presence and reassurance to our communities.
“We remain in contact with partners and community leaders to listen to any concerns.
“Anyone who experiences threatening behaviour or is worried about their safety is urged to contact police.
“We are aware that the ongoing conflict may lead to protests over the coming days. We will ensure that an appropriate policing plan is in place in order to balance the right to protest against any disruption to Londoners.”