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Four charged after convoy with yells of ‘f*** the Jews’ heard in Finchley Road

Four men have been charged after a convoy of cars draped in Palestinian flags were filmed with chants of “f*** the Jews” heard.

The video spread over social media, showing cars travelling the Hampstead area of Finchley Road on May 16, with one man yelling through a loudspeaker.

In the clip, the man was heard saying ‘f*** the Jews, f*** the movement, f*** all of them.”

He went on to say, in a road with one of the largest Jewish community centres – JW3 : “f*** their mothers, f*** their daughters and show your support for Palestine.”

He also could be heard saying “rape their daughters, we have to send a message”.

The four men, all from Blackburn, have now been charged on Thursday (September 16) with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, with intent, likely to stir up racial hatred.

They are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on October 6.

The chants when there was much attention on the Palestine and Israel conflict earlier this year and thousands marched through central London to support Palestinians in a ‘Free Palestine’ movement.

The fighting began after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in occupied East Jerusalem that culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas, which controls Gaza, began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site, triggering retaliatory air strikes.

The convoy was seen in many parts of north London, including St John’s Wood.

Metropolitan Police arrested the men on the same day of the incident.

Former Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick previously stated: “This, on the streets of London is deeply disturbing. Vile, criminal hatred like this must not be tolerated.”

He added: “Whatever your view of the conflict in Israel and Gaza, there’s no justification for inciting anti-Jewish or Muslim hatred.

“Some of the language used on marches this weekend and in posts on social media is intimidating, hateful and racist. It must stop, and be addressed if not.”



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