‘Racism has no place in society’: Priti Patel visits north London to reassure Jewish community after anti-Semitic abuse from convoy of cars waving Palestinian flags
- Priti Patel has visited north London to reassure Jewish community after abuse
- She said rise in anti-Semitic incidents over recent weeks will not be tolerated
- Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick also joined walkabout on Finchley Road
The Home Secretary and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick condemned ‘appalling’ incidents as they joined police officers on a walkabout on the Finchley Road.
The visit came after onlookers were left horrified last weekend by a convoy of cars waving Palestinian flags, with passengers yelling obscenities about jews.
Ms Patel and Mr Jenrick chatted to the owner of a local kosher butcher this morning, before stopping at Daniels bakery.
She said the racism of recent weeks would not be tolerated. ‘I’m backing the police to take the toughest possible action against the vile culprits,’ she said.
The abuse appears to have increased amid the violence in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas.
Priti Patel today visited north London to reassure the jewish community after a rise in anti-Semitic abuse (left). Onlookers were left horrified last weekend by a convoy of cars waving Palestinian flags, with passengers yelling obscenities about jews (right)
Ms Patel Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick stopped at Daniel’s Bakery on the Finchley Road today
Ms Patel warned that the racism of recent weeks would not be tolerated
Extraordinary footage from last weekend showed cars emblazoned with Palestinian flags driving down the Finchley Road with passengers screaming: ‘F*** the Jews… F*** all of them. F*** their mothers, f*** their daughters and show your support for Palestine. Rape their daughters and we have to send a message like that. Please do it for the poor children in Gaza.’
Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident, which drew condemnation from all political parties.
Ms Patel said: ‘This morning the Jewish community shared their powerful first-hand accounts of the appalling racism they have been subjected to in recent weeks.
‘There is absolutely no place in the UK for it, and I am backing the police to take the toughest possible action against the vile individuals that are responsible.
‘I am totally committed to ensuring that this remains a country where Jewish communities can thrive and where our Jewish friends and neighbours feel safe.’
Mr Jenrick said: ‘This racist behaviour has no place in our society and I was clear that the Government is doing everything it can to ensure they are protected, prosecute offenders and stamp out hatred.
‘I was pleased to be joined by the police who talked about the action they are taking to tackle these disgusting incidents.’
Mr Jenrick (pictured talking to locals today) said ‘racist behaviour has no place in our society’
Ms Patel joined police officers on a walkabout on the Finchley road today