Police have arrested four men on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses following an investigation onto a video that appeared to show anti-Semitic abuse being shouted from a car in north London.
A video on social media on May 16 appeared to show a convoy of vehicles decorated with Palestinian flags traveling through the St. John’s Wood area, with an individual shouting violent anti-Semitic abuse using a megaphone.
“They happened to stop at a set of traffic lights and I was able to capture what happened,” the individual who recorded the video told BBC News after they heard “excessive hooting” outside.
“I felt immediately frightened and appalled that this is happening in this country. What if I was walking alone wearing something that identified me as Jewish? What might have happened? I don’t feel safe in my own home, and that’s what terrifies me,” the person, who requested to remain anonymous, said.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that it deployed a helicopter to trace the car, which officers stopped at around 6:30 p.m.
Police took the four men into custody at a west London police station where they remain.
Superintendent Jo Edwards, who was in charge of the policing operation, described the behavior as “utterly shocking” and that it “will not be tolerated.”
“I understand that this would have caused considerable concern within the community and we have arranged extra patrols in the St. John’s Wood and Golders Green areas this evening,” Edwards said in a statement.
St. John’s Wood and Golders Green are Jewish communities in London.
The incident came amid escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, which according to the United Nations, has killed around 181 Palestinians and nine Israelis.
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