Met Police ‘shut down vans showing pictures of children kidnapped by Hamas’

The Metropolitan Police was “defending terrorist sympathisers” when officers stopped campaigners displaying pictures of Israeli youngsters kidnapped by Hamas, a gaggle has claimed.

The Marketing campaign In opposition to Antisemitism (CAA) accompanied vans with electrical screens displaying the pictures in central London on Wednesday.

They got here throughout Palestinian protesters in Parliament Sq. who “threatened and intimidated them”, the group claimed.

Police instructed the CAA to show the billboard screens off and depart the realm earlier than “bodily restraining” its chief govt Gideon Falter, the marketing campaign group stated.

The Met Police stated its “precedence was the protection of everybody concerned”, whereas the CAA stated it was contemplating “all authorized choices” associated to the power.

A video shared on X, previously Twitter, and recorded by Mr Falter confirmed the massive digital billboard with an image of Amelia and Ariel, who it claimed had been “kidnapped by Hamas”.

When challenged by Mr Falter, a feminine police officer will be heard saying: “What we don’t wish to do is folks coming this manner and doing any injury to their vans.”

Talking after the incident, Mr Falter stated: “This was probably the most disturbing incident that I’ve skilled in practically a decade at CAA. Our volunteers had been left shaken by the protesters who had been harassing and intimidating them, and the police did nothing.

“As a substitute, the officers instructed our drivers to show off their billboards and cease displaying the faces of kids kidnapped by a proscribed terrorist organisation, apparently as a result of their sympathisers on British streets may assault us for displaying them.

“Then once I attended the scene the police did the identical factor, going as far as to restrain me, supposedly for my ‘personal security’.
 
“We by no means imagined that it will be the police who would cease us from displaying the faces of kids kidnapped by a terrorist group banned by the UK Authorities.
 
“Who’re the police defending right here? These standing as much as terrorists, or those that sympathise with them?”

In a response on X, a spokesperson for the Met Police stated they “perceive” why the video precipitated concern.

They stated the officers had been within the space due to a vigil held by the Palestinian Solidarity Marketing campaign.

The power had reviewed officers’ body-worn footage to determine the “full sequence of occasions” and would get in contact with the CAA to debate the matter, the spokesperson stated.

They stated: “This change occurred concurrently the vigil got here to an finish and the precedence of officers was the protection of everybody concerned and people close by.”

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