British Jews shouldn’t have to endure ‘shameful racism’ – fr

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British Jews shouldn’t have to endure ‘shameful racism’ – fr


Members of the Jewish community pick up their children from the North London school on January 20, 2015. REUTERS / Andrew Winning

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that there was no room for anti-Semitism in society and that British Jews should not have to endure “shameful racism”, after an online video appeared show people shouting anti-Semitic abuse in a car in London.

Johnson was responding in part to the video, posted earlier on Sunday, showing a convoy of cars emblazoned with Palestinian flags passing through a Jewish community in north London and broadcasting anti-Semitic messages from a megaphone.

Police investigating the incident later said they had made four arrests.

“There is no room for anti-Semitism in our society,” Johnson said on Twitter. “Before Shavuot, I stand with the Jews of Britain who shouldn’t have to endure the kind of shameful racism we have seen today. “

His comments also referred to other incidents of anti-Semitism over the weekend, an aide said.

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“Whatever your opinion on the conflict in Israel and Gaza, there is no justification for inciting anti-Jewish or anti-Muslim hatred,” Communities Minister Robert Jenrick said in a statement.

UK Metropolitan Police said they had received reports of people shouting anti-Semitic abuse from a car traveling in a convoy of vehicles through the St John’s Wood area, north London.

“Officers investigating a video that appeared to show anti-Semitic abuse shouted from a car in north London made four arrests,” a police statement said.

The four men were arrested on suspicion of race-aggravated public order offenses and were taken into custody at a west London police station, the police statement said.

The Community Security Trust, a charity that monitors the safety of the Jewish community, said the convoy traveled from Bradford in northern England.

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